Passage to Marseilles (Warner 1944, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains)

Passage to Marseilles 1944 Humphrey Bogart

Michael Curtiz rounds up the male leads from “Casablanca” for another gripping, atmospheric wartime tale. The story centers on Humphrey Bogart, a bombardier on a Free France bomber who drops letters to his wife and son trapped in occupied France.

Through flashbacks we see the story of his prewar romance, resistance to fascism, his arrest, and eventual escape from a penal colony. Though Bogie never makes it back alive, Claude Rains ensures his last letter will be delivered. Stirring and action-packed.

Warners intended to release Passage to Marseilles to coincide with the expected invasion of southern France. When this did not take place, the film had to be released without any international news event to boost the box office.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Victor Francen, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, George Tobias

Director: Michael Curtiz
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Original Story: James Norman Hall, Charles Nordhoff
Director of Photography: James Wong Howe
Editor: Owen Marks
Composer: Max Steiner
Screenwriter: Casey Robinson
Art Director: Carl Jules Weyl

USA / Warner Bros / 110 minutes / 1944

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