13 Rue Madeleine

Overview

This film is not only a revealing glimpse into the workings of the O.S.S. Office of Strategic Services during WW II, but it is also a full-fledged spy thriller. An excellent cast includes James Cagney, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, and Red Buttons. Cagney stars as an O.S.S. training officer, bent upon discovering a German traitor within his ranks while at the same time completing highly dangerous espionage assignments. The risks increase when one of his men is murdered from within, and Cagney, convinced he knows ...
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Overview

This film is not only a revealing glimpse into the workings of the O.S.S. Office of Strategic Services during WW II, but it is also a full-fledged spy thriller. An excellent cast includes James Cagney, Karl Malden, E.G. Marshall, and Red Buttons. Cagney stars as an O.S.S. training officer, bent upon discovering a German traitor within his ranks while at the same time completing highly dangerous espionage assignments. The risks increase when one of his men is murdered from within, and Cagney, convinced he knows who the murdering infiltrator is, vows revenge. Authentic O.S.S. film footage make this film historically significant as well as entertaining.
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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: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162142239
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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
Edward Cooper R.A.F. Officer
Albert D'Arno
Arno Frey German Officer
Peter Gowland Dispatcher
E.G. Marshall Emile
Reginald Mason Communications Chief
William Mendrek Man
Robert Morgan Telegraph Instructor
Fred Nurney
Otto Reichow German Soldier
Henry Rowland
Dick Wessel
Charles Campbell Psychiatrist-Instructor
Red Buttons Dispatcher
Jean del Val French Peasant
Walter Greaza Psychiatrist
Reed Hadley Voice Only
Judith Lowry Peasant Lady
Karl Malden Flight Sergeant
Horace McMahon Burglary Instructor
Sally McMarrow Chief operator
Coby Neal Flyer
Otto Simanek Sr. 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 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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