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Won me over
In his intro to this movie, Ben Mankiewicz alerted us to the fact that it used recycled parts from Casablanca. So I have to admit I started watching through that lens. When I even spotted some recycled secondary cast members like Corinna Mura with her guitar and Charles La Torre playing the same kind of brown noser he did in Casablanca I thought the whole thing to be a pretty transparent attempt to milk a few more bucks out of a cinema classic. But after the scene where Grandpere is left behind at Cayenne I began to see it differently. I think Passage To Marseille stands rather well on its own after that.
Still Worth Watching
- Kate D
Yes, it's talky and the story seems convoluted. Maybe stricter editing would have helped but I like the film. I like the cinematography and the cast. It's has action and after all, it was made when the world needed a big lift during the war. I don't compare it to Casablanca because it isn't in the same class. There is only one Casablanca. Watch it in the proper frame of mind and you'll enjoy it. I'm a sucker for WWII films because I know the Allies saved the world. Every film that helped them counts as far as I am concerned.
Movies that influence our lives
- Armand I Sarasua
I was a kid when we watched, Casablanca, passage to Marseille, and many others from Michel Curtis. During the 60s was th only movies we can watch in communist Cuba, Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Bogart , Paul henreid were our heroes, they influenced our love for freedom and personal liberties, now I'm American citizen, very proud one, and respect the golden generation
Equal Anyday Of Casablanca
Casablanca was an idealist fight for freedom,this is the real thing.Love It!
Good War Classic
I believe this film belongs alongside Casablanca,Key Largo,High Sierra as one of Bogart's best.
Definitely Could Fill In Blanks As A Casablanca II
Read a "Post Casablanca" book a few years ago,Rick,Ilsa,Victor,Renault assassinate "The Hangman of Prague" and Rick and Ilsa only survived.I really love this film and believe it belongs with Best of Bogart movies.Casablanca was filmed at/around start of WWII for the USA,whereas PTM is from the middle of the war.As for the machine gunning of the "aviators",they cold-heartedly gunned down and tried to blow up the ship.Not to mention the crooked scum at the heart of Matrac's false imprisonment.Who wouldn't be bitter.Esp since they killed that young kid.I saw no hands raised in surrender.That was just desserts,so far as I'm concerned,IMHO.Same with those nurses failing to wash their hands before treating a patient,in ANY HEALTHCARE SETTING-#1 responsibility to the sick,underpriveleged,dependent.They killed our allies and our unarmed troops who had surrendered @ The Bulge and troop ships,too.So save the sympathy for non-murderers,following orders or not!
- Just Like Bogie
Thanks for this inspired casting.You could almost see it as a follow-up to what happened to Rick and Louie after escaping Casablanca.
Almost Up To Casablanca Standard
This is still a superb movie,Bogie as a Frenchman or not.He conveyed his character's traits quite as well as his Rick Blaine.The other actors are well-used,too.Greenstreet made me really detest him and his traitors to the French people,just like Petain's Vichy Govt.Too bad both Bogie and Lorre die,but it is a war pic
Passage to Yap Yap Yap(1944)
Great battle scenes can't save this walking narrative of confusion. Wasted cast and time as the film can't determine what it wants to be. Escapees help Captain to defeat Germans, but they basically just survive one tortuous moment after another. Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet,Geroge Tobias, Peter Lorre head an all star cast.3 stars out of 5.
A beautiful patriotic movie
As noted, this film has many of the same actors and participants as Casablanca. All the cast are outstanding, but, the real reason why this film is such a fine achievement is in large measure the superb direction by the under-appreciated Michael Curtiz and the magnificent cinematography of the great James Wong Howe. The score by Steiner is also very moving, with its use of La Marseilles and other bits of French patriotic songs. And the reading of the letter, by the incomparable Claude Rains - followed by his intoning of "Vive La France".... well, there is never a dry eye in my house!
Passage to Marseille is a pure classic.
Like Casablanca this film is a classic. Humphrey Bogart was a true actor and actors actor; there never will be another Bogart, nor films in the 30's, 40's. Its a shame that this generation doesn't recognize what true films and the ultimate classic of classics that they became.
Stuff dreams are made of..............
It's Humphrey Bogart!!! What else is there to say. Excellent movie.
- Bruce Reber
Six of the people associated with the 1942 classic "Casablanca" reunite to make this rousing WW2 story of escaped prisoners from Devil's Island trying to Join the Free French and fight the Nazis - stars Bogart, Rains, Lorre and Greenstreet, director Michael Curtiz and composer Max Steiner. It seems Warner Bros. tried to recapture the magic of "Casablanca" with "Passage To Marseille", and it's a resonably good film done during the height of WW2 when the events shown in the film were really happening. Not on the same level with "Casablanca", but still very suspenseful and entertaining. The end is very poignant, with Rains' character reading the letter the pilot was unable to drop to his wife and son in occupied France at his graveside after he was killed, and the letter being full of hope that his son will live in a world where the tragedy of war will no longer exist and where good will prevail .I hadn't seen it for a while until last night 9/16/09 on TCM, and look forward to seeing it again.
THE COST OF WAR
I don't normally care for war movies, but "Passage To Marseille" kept me in my seat and interested from beginning to end. I particularly liked the opening scenes where a war correspondent was being driven to an undisclosed air base, through a very pleasant and pretty countryside. Who would have thought that come nightfall the livestock and farm equipment would be replaced by airplanes backing out of "barns" to go on bomber runs. Humphrey Bogart and Claude Rains are excellent as always. A surprise face in the crowd was none other than "Abner Kravitz" of "Bewitched" TV fame, the poor hen-pecked neighbor of Darrin and Samantha Stephens - portrayed by George Tobias. A sad portion involves Matrac's character never even getting to meet his son or see his wife for years before his death on his son's fifth birthday.
Long time watcher, first time commenter. There are far poorer films with more "stars" in the rating column than this one. I thought the performances were consistent and the story included everything viewers have loved from Casablanca to Papillon. Just make me wonder who assigns the "stars" to how good a film is. We've seen some 4 "stars" that don't compare.
Great old war movie
A golden oldie, shows special effects (and lack thereof) in 1944. Bogie is great as a tough war hero in a fast moving plot.