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Frenchwoman Michele de la Becque, an opponent of the Nazis in German-occupied Paris, hides a downed American flyer, Pat Talbot, and attempts to get him safely out of the country.Written by
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This film received its initial television showing in Chicago Thursday 21 March 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Troy NY/Hagaman NY/Adams MA 2 April 1957 on WCDA/WCDB/WCDC (Channels 19/29/41), in Omaha 17 April 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), in Hartford CT 22 April 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Cincinnati 31 May 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in Seattle 6 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Minneapolis 8 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Portland OR 28 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in New York City 2 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Friday 9 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Altoona PA 6 September 1957 on WSFBG (Channel 10); it finally found its way to Los Angeles 9 May 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and, to San Francisco 10 October 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
Wearing a stunning array of gowns by Irene and photographed with glossy MGM care, Joan Crawford is a French woman (with a cultured American accent) who doesn't think France has to worry about the occupation of her country by Hitler's Nazis until they take over her home while she's vacationing elsewhere.
With the reality of war, comes the realization that her husband (Philip Dorn) might be collaborating with the Nazis. She loves him dearly but is beginning to despise his affiliation with so many Nazi friends. Then along comes an American pilot (John Wayne), whom she hides in her apartment until she can get him safely out of the country. That's the set-up in this basically suspenseful melodrama which, while unconvincing and full of twists and turns in the plot, is played by a competent team of actors, all of varying accents, who keep the story moving toward a not too surprising climax.
Among the good supporting players are Reginald Owen, Albert Basserman, Natalie Schaefer, John Carradine, Howard DaSilva, Henry Daniell and J. Edward Bromberg.
And yet, the whole film has the air of a minor B-film despite such extravagant settings and Crawford's never-ending wardrobe changes. It also has the air of artificiality which works against sustaining the sort of suspenseful atmosphere it seeks to gain throughout.
Philip Dorn rates special mention as Joan's true love. He gives a colorful, nuanced performance that is interesting to watch.
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