Bon Voyage

Synopsis: A young Scottish RAF gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from occupied territory, and in particular one person who may or may not have been a German agent.
Genre: Short, War
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: John Blythe
26 min

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Produced at Welwyn Studios, England

with the collaboration

of French-speaking writers, artists

and technicians

working in Great Britain

London, 1943.

Sergeant John Dougall, from the RAF,

who escaped from Germany,

is questioned about aspects of his journey

by an Officer of France's Second Bureau.

Come in.


Hello Colonel.

Sergeant Dougall is here.

I'm sorry to bother you

with this story.

But I've spoken to the

Resistance delegation about it.

- It seemed worth the effort.

- Really?

I believe it's of interest

to you too.

Sit down, old boy.

- Cigarette?

- I'm sorry, sir.

French cigarettes make me cough.

I read your report.

It's very interesting.

Your escape was a real exploit.

It was Gadovsky

who arranged it all, sir.

He's a really smashing chap.

Did he escape too?

No, no. He did not escape too.

Oh, I hope

everything is all right for him.

I'd like to ask you

a few questions.

You reached Reims without a hitch,

is that correct?

- Excuse me, sir. Without a what?

- Without a hitch.

Complication, problems.

Ah yes! No problems at all.

It was too good to be true!

Yes. Listen, old boy.

I think it best

that you tell us yourself,

everything that happened to you

from Reims.

I was sure it was too early.

It's your fault Stphane.

I couldn't have stayed any longer

in that dirty wagon.

Come here, Sandy.

Let's have a smoke.

You never told me

you still had some left.

Just one.

A poor single cigarette.

That's all that's left

of my packet from the Red Cross.

Go on. There's no danger here.

English cigarettes

are always dangerous!

Where's the message?

Caf du Commerce, Reims.

A caf? Great!

We can chow, I'm starving.

Quiet, speak properly.

What? Chow?

That's correct. It's slang.

Yes, but when you use slang

you have even more of an accent.

The message says

that only one of the two of us

is to go the Caf du Commerce.

I can't go alone

if you say that I have an accent,

especially when I use slang.

Yes, obviously, you won't find

a lot of Scottish in Reims.

OK, I'll go.

What's the password now?

Aranciot. Tightly packed

if there's any left.

I'm not interested,

it doesn't mean anything in Scottish.

And if you don't bring me back

something to eat, I'll die.

- What is it? Didn't you ask?

- Yes, food and drink.

- A gash.

- What, at the caf?

No, everything was fine there.

There weren't too many people.

Nobody signalled to me.

Well, I asked for a drink

and said the password,

what a crazy business.

- Hey, gently.

- Was it a knife?

Yes, I was followed

as I left the caf.

I thought it was someone from

the Resistance, but soon knew better.

- You mean Gestapo?

- Yes, as good as.

One of those bastard Vichy supporters

on the lookout for a reward.

He tried to catch me.

I got out of there fast as I could.

I thought I'd lost him.

I go to hide in a cellar,

I slip on the steps, he finds me, so...

- Did you get him?

- As dead as a dodo.

I see.

But what if other Vichy supporters

find the body?

- They won't be happy.

- I'm vaguely aware of that.

Stphane, we have to take care of it

right away. Don't you think?

- Yes, I think so.

- Come. Quickly.

It smells good in here.

What is it?

- Guess.

- A cellar for plonk.

Can't hide anything from you.

I say, Stphane.

We could always get drunk!

Don't get so excited. It's all empty.

The Krauts got here before us.

That's strange.

It was just here that...

Are you sure that you

finished him off, this chap?

- Certain. Yes.

- You're right.

It's strange. If he was dead,

he couldn't have walked away.

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Jean-Paul Rappeneau

Jean-Paul Rappeneau (born 8 April 1932) is a French film director and screenwriter. more…

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