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13 Rue Madeleine
     

13 Rue Madeleine

Director: Henry Hathaway, James Cagney, Annabella, Roland Belanger

Cast: Henry Hathaway, James Cagney, Annabella, Roland Belanger

 
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

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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0024543071907
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

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 Actor
Martin Brandt Actor
Frederick Brunn Actor
Edward Cooper R.A.F. Officer
Albert D'Arno Actor
Arno Frey German Officer
Peter Gowland Dispatcher
E.G. Marshall Emile
Reginald Mason Communications Chief
William Mendrek Man
Robert Morgan Telegraph Instructor
Fred Nurney Actor
Otto Reichow German Soldier
Henry Rowland Actor
Dick Wessel Actor
Charles Campbell Psychiatrist-Instructor
Red Buttons Dispatcher
Jean del Val French Peasant
Walter Greaza Psychiatrist
Reed Hadley Narrator
Judith Lowry Peasant Lady
Karl Malden Flight Sergeant
Horace McMahon Burglary Instructor
Sally McMarrow Chief operator
Coby Neal Flyer
Otto Simanek German staff officer
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 Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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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