13 Rue Madeleine

Overview

Henry Hathaway's 13 Rue Madeleine (1946) is the most enduring of a tiny group of postwar feature films dealing with the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services -- precursor to the CIA -- that went into production soon after the end of World War II. Its mix of a documentary approach and the best elements of the spy thriller, and some of the best performances ever given by its supporting cast members, has allowed the film to endure in popularity across the generations. The movie was long a staple of broadcast ...
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Overview

Henry Hathaway's 13 Rue Madeleine (1946) is the most enduring of a tiny group of postwar feature films dealing with the OSS, or Office of Strategic Services -- precursor to the CIA -- that went into production soon after the end of World War II. Its mix of a documentary approach and the best elements of the spy thriller, and some of the best performances ever given by its supporting cast members, has allowed the film to endure in popularity across the generations. The movie was long a staple of broadcast television, though this reviewer doesn't remember it looking quite this rich or sharp, or being as seamless as it plays back here. The film captured the best elements of documentary
ewsreel realism and movie studio smoothness, and the rich full-frame image (1.33-to-1) on this DVD brings those elements out in ways that no presentation since 1947 has managed to do. The 18 chapters are more than adequate for the briskly paced 95 minute movie, which is supplemented by its original trailer (which makes this intelligently wrought plot sound a bit more overheated than it is). Among the bonus features, for no obvious reason we're treated to a Fox-Movietone newsreel dealing with the German V-weapons. Additionally, there are trailers for five more movies in the same round of releases from Fox's "War Classics" series, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Desert Fox, The Enemy Below, Sink The Bismarck, and The Blue Max. All of this material is accessible through an easily navigable triple-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
13 Rue Madeleine is never as gripping and thrilling a spy story as one may want, but it's serviceable and mildly engaging -- certainly worth a viewing by those who enjoy espionage tales. Modern audiences will probably be amused by the somewhat stiff documentary-style voice-overs that introduce the film, and there's something "square" about the entire enterprise, but these flaws don't seriously detract from the film. What is a bit more of a problem is the lack of real suspense. The audience is clued in on many important developments too early, almost as if director Henry Hathaway felt as if he couldn't string the viewer along and let the tension build up in any one sequence for too long. Things, therefore, are presented a little too straightforwardly for this kind of film, and this dampens its ultimate impact. Fortunately, Madeleine has a very fine cast to keep the viewer's interest, lead by the solid, persuasive performance of James Cagney. Frank Latimore is a bit amateurish as Lassiter, but he's the only real weak link. The real O.S.S. footage is also a plus, especially for history buffs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • UPC: 024543071907
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,215

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Bob Sharkey
Annabella Suzanne de Bouchard
Roland Belanger Joseph
Richard Conte Bill O'Connell
Frank Latimore Jeff Lassiter
Walter Abel Charles Gibson
Melville Cooper Pappy Simpson
Sam Jaffe Mayor Galimard
James Craven R.A.F. Officer
Richard H. Gordon Psychiatrist
Alexander Kirkland Briefing Officer
Alfred Linder Hans Feinkl
Ben Low Hotel Clerk
Don Randolph LaRoche
Marcel Rousseau Duclois
Blanche Yurka Mme. Thillot
Peter Von Zerneck Karl
Leslie Barrie
Martin Brandt
Frederick Brunn
Red Buttons Dispatcher
Charles Campbell Psychiatrist-Instructor
Edward Cooper R.A.F. Officer
Albert D'Arno
Arno Frey German Officer
Peter Gowland Dispatcher
Walter Greaza Psychiatrist
Reed Hadley Voice Only
Judith Lowry Peasant Lady
Karl Malden Flight Sergeant
E.G. Marshall Emile
Reginald Mason Communications Chief
Horace McMahon Burglary Instructor
Sally McMarrow Chief operator
William Mendrek Man
Robert Morgan Telegraph Instructor
Coby Neal Flyer
Fred Nurney
Otto Reichow German Soldier
Henry Rowland
Otto Simanek Sr. German staff officer
Jean del Val French Peasant
Dick Wessel
Roland Winters Van Duyval
Harold Young Tailor
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Sy Bartlett Screenwriter
James Basevi Art Director
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
David Buttolph Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis de Rochemont Producer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Harmon Jones Editor
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Meyer Mishkin Casting
John Monks Jr. Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:46]
2. What Is Past Is Prologue [3:14]
3. Operation 77 [1:08]
4. Training [5:14]
5. A German Agent [1:09]
6. Plan B [6:07]
7. A Final Briefing [2:09]
8. Counter-Espionage [4:11]
9. Sharkey Steps In [2:38]
10. Monsieur Chavat [2:42]
11. Take Me To Duclois [1:11]
12. Proof of Identity [6:04]
13. Gestapo Headquarters [6:21]
14. A Riot [4:52]
15. Jail Break [1:58]
16. Car Crash [4:30]
17. In the Brush [2:36]
18. 13 Rue Madeleine [5:54]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      English Mono
      Spanish
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      None
   Special Features
      Movietone News: Captured Picture Show
      Theatrical Trailer
      Fox War Classics
         The Blue Max
         The Desert Fox
         The Enemy Below
         Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
         Sink the Bismarck!
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