Cross of Lorraine (MGM 1943, Gene Kelly, Jean-Pierre Aumont)

Cross of Lorraine

The Cross of Lorraine is a drama about a group of soldiers who surrender to the Germans when France falls. The group is taken to a concentration camp, where they are tormented by sadistic Nazi guards. After a priest is shot while conducting mass for the prisoners, a French soldier attacks the Nazi sergeant responsible, and is cruelly rewarded with torture. As he is recovering in the infirmary, his comrade Paul helps him to escape, and the two make their way to a small German town. When the Nazis arrive to get recruits, Paul steps forward to confront them.

Louis B. Mayer escorted Senator Harry S. Truman on the set of The Cross of Lorraine, and when introducing him to Peter Lorre reportedly told the Jewish actor “Peter, you look fit. It’s almost as if being a stormtrooper agreed with you.”

Jean-Pierre Aumont as Paul Duprez
Gene Kelly as Victor
Cedric Hardwicke as Father Sebastian
Richard Whorf as François
Joseph Calleia as Rodriguez
Peter Lorre as Sergeant Berger
Hume Cronyn as Duval
William Roy as Louis
Tonio Selwart as Major Bruhl
Jack Lambert as Jacques
Wallace Ford as Pierre
Donald Curtis as Marcel
Jack Edwards Jr. as René
Richard Ryen as Lieutenant Schmidt
Frederick Giermann as Corporal Daxer

crew details
Director: Tay Garnett
Screenplay: Robert Hardy Andrews, Alexandre Esway, Michael Kanin

production details
Country: USA
Studio: MGM
Year of Release: 1943
Duration: 90 minutes

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