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The Cross of Lorraine (12-Nov-1943)

Director: Tay Garnett

Writers: Robert Aisner; Robert D. Andrews; Lilo Dammert; Alexander Esway; Michael Kanin; Ring Lardner, Jr.

From novel: A Thousand Shall Fall by Hans Habe

Keywords: Drama, WWII

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jean-Pierre Aumont
5-Jan-1911 30-Jan-2001 La Machine Infernale
Joseph Calleia
4-Aug-1897 31-Oct-1975 Touch of Evil
Hume Cronyn
18-Jul-1911 15-Jun-2003 Cocoon
Wallace Ford
12-Feb-1898 11-Jun-1966 A Patch of Blue
Cedric Hardwicke
19-Feb-1893 6-Aug-1964 Suspicion
Gene Kelly
23-Aug-1912 2-Feb-1996 Singin' in the Rain
Jack Lambert
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Peter Lorre
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Review by Alex Costa (posted on 22-Dec-2007)

Indeed we know this was a propaganda movie (we were in 1943) but the less careful choice of actors (Gene Kelly is great but with that american accent he would not certainly be a french soldier, Peter Lorre plays a somewhat ridiculous german sub-officer and Cedric Hawdrick playing the priest give the bad conotation of a movie about French POWs ....and basically only one the actors is French) and uncertain direction and production does not pay of. A pity. As a plot, more dramatic and even more cruel than other POW movies (Great Escape, etc) but misses the action, sequence and ingredients we would expect. Conclusion: a movie to keep in our collection of war movies as a souvenir.

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