Passage to Marseille

Synopsis: As French bomber crews prepare an air raid from a base in England, we learn the story of Matrac, a French journalist who opposed the Munich Pact. Framed for murder and sent to Devil's Island, he and four others escape. They are on a ship bound for Marseilles when France surrenders and fascist sympathizer Major Duval tries to seize the ship for Vichy.
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: Warner Home Video
109 min

in my judgments, Mr. Manning.

I try to remember that

Marshal Ptain is an old man now

and in the hands of the barbarians.

votre sant.

- You've seen him these late years?

- No, but I did once.

Years ago, during the Battle of Verdun.

He visited our squadron, which was then

at Senard, at the foot of the Argonne.

You were flying in the last war?

Yes, I was a pilot

in the Escadrille Lafayette.

The Escadrille Lafayette?

Why, you must have done your training

with us, Mr. Manning.

Why, we're old comrades.

Here, come and have some dinner.

I, too, was a pilote de chasse

in Squad 26 of the Cigognes Group.

You know, many times did I see

the Indian-head insignia

of your squadron on patrol.

Now we meet for the first time.

Had I known

you were an old pilote of our service,

we would have messed with the squadron.

Oh, that's all right.

Perhaps I can see them later.

Why, of course. They're in that room.

Have you noticed? Not a sound from them.

Remember the old days?

The laughter, the gay talk in every mess?

Phonograph going full tilt.

Now, poor devils.

We're all like that, Free Frenchmen.

We find it hard to be merry.

- I understand they're bombers.

- American Flying Fortresses.

Although, we did begin here three years

ago with a few of our own Farmans.

They crossed the Channel as a unit

the day the armistice was signed.

And you came with them?

My dear Mr. Manning, you flatter me.

I'm getting along, and I'm blind in one eye.

No, no, I'm nothing but a liaison officer,

and I reached England by another route.

They're going out now.

Just to remind the Boche of our existence.

As soon as we finish, I'll take you down

to the hangars if you like.

Thanks, I'd like to very much.

Mind the step.

Just over the rise and you can see them.

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Kenneth Casey Robinson (October 17, 1903 – December 6, 1979) was an American producer and director of mostly B movies and a screenwriter responsible for some of Bette Davis' most revered films. Film critic Richard Corliss once described him as "the master of the art – or craft – of adaptation." more…

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