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Paris Calling (1941)

Marianne Jannetier, a well-to-do Parisian, engaged to Andre Benoit, a high-ranking government official, flees the city when the goose-stepping Nazi storm-troopers arrive. When her mother ... See full summary »

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Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Hans Székely (story) (as John S. Toddy), Benjamin Glazer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisabeth Bergner ... Marianne Jannetier
Randolph Scott ... Lt. Nicholas 'Nick' Jordan
Basil Rathbone ... Andre Benoit
Gale Sondergaard ... Colette
Lee J. Cobb ... Captain Schwabe
Charles Arnt ... Lt. Lantz
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Mouche (as Edward Ciannelli)
Elisabeth Risdon ... Madame Jennetier
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Butler
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Prof. Marceau
J. Pat O'Malley ... Sgt. Bruce McAvoy
Georges Metaxa Georges Metaxa ... Waiter
Paul Leyssac Paul Leyssac ... Chief of Underground
Gene Garrick ... Wolfgang Schmidt
Paul Bryar ... Paul
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Marianne Jannetier, a well-to-do Parisian, engaged to Andre Benoit, a high-ranking government official, flees the city when the goose-stepping Nazi storm-troopers arrive. When her mother dies on the road to Bordeaux as a result of Nazi bombing, she returns to Paris and joins the underground movement. Nicholas Jordan, an American member of the RAF, stranded in Paris after the evacuation is also working with the Paris underground. Marianne kills her former fiancée, a pro-Nazi informant, for the traitorous state papers he is carrying, and she and Jordan try to flee over a French seaport... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Thrill-Filled ROMANCE! The life and loves in a city torn with terror! (original ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

4 December 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris Bombshell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Gen. Charles DeGaulle, leader of the Free French, will help exploit the Elisabeth Bergner hit, 'Paris Calling.' His rave comment about the film will be used in all advertising." (Newspaper Enterprise Association, "Erskine Johnson's Hollywood", The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Tuesday 20 January 1942, Volume 48, page 6.) See more »

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Referenced in Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse Coquines
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Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Jean Le Seyeux
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Not even the war effort can validate this movie
7 August 2014 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

Hollywood made some great movies as part of the effort to win World War II. In fact, my all-time favorite movie, and one of the greatest of American movies, Casablanca, was at least in part a result of that effort.

But Hollywood also made some poor films in the same category, and this, I'm afraid, is one of them.

There's nothing wrong with the acting, though the mix of accents is disconcerting at times. Elisabeth Bergner, a Viennese whose English reminds me on occasion of Luise Rainer, plays a French aristocrat. Basil Rathbone plays a French politician. Lee J. Cobb plays a Nazi officer. Only Randolph Scott, playing an American pilot, comes off naturally as what he is supposed to be. Some of the lower-ranking Nazi soldiers sound too colloquially American. I suspect that Universal just didn't have the means to hire a more convincing cast, though Rathbone and Cobb were certainly good actors. (Rathbone was a Universal staple, since that's where he made the Sherlock Holmes movies.) As others have explained, it is basically the story of Bergner, who plays a very naive woman in love with a French politician and collaborator. She at first believes the lies he tells her. With the fall of France, she sees the light, however. Thereafter she becomes involved in a Resistance cell, and works to fight the Nazis.

The script isn't great, however, and sometimes the action seems disjointed. The end, as a previous viewer remarked, happens too fast and is not at all convincing. It's rather like the end of Mel Brooks' remake of "To Be or Not to Be," but to be taken seriously.

Some things make no sense at all. Why, for example, would Bergner's character play very dramatic classical music in a low-life bar? If you're interested in World War II movies, you might enjoy this. It's not embarrassing. It just isn't very convincing.


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