O.S.S.

O.S.S.

Director: Irving Pichel

Cast: Alan Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles

     
 

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Set during WWII, this taut and suspenseful espionage outing chronicles the courage of a brand-new cadre of specially trained American O.S.S. agents who parachute into France to destroy the vital Corbett Mallon tunnel to stop the German invaders from shipping supplies to their troops. One of the spies is a woman, and this bothers the group leader, who doubts her

Overview

Set during WWII, this taut and suspenseful espionage outing chronicles the courage of a brand-new cadre of specially trained American O.S.S. agents who parachute into France to destroy the vital Corbett Mallon tunnel to stop the German invaders from shipping supplies to their troops. One of the spies is a woman, and this bothers the group leader, who doubts her abilities. She soon proves herself, and the two embark on several exciting adventures before and after the completion of their mission. Along the way, the two manage to fall in love. Unfortunately, their commitment to duty is necessarily greater than their love and one of them will make a great sacrifice.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Done in the same vein as Fox's 13 Rue Madeleine, but in a somewhat more romantic and melodramatic manner, Irving Pichel's O.S.S. tries to tell the story of the Office of Strategic Services, the espionage arm of the federal government, which was a creation out of necessity for the prosecution of the Second World War. It's nicely paced overall and essentially breaks down into two sections, the opening in which we witness the training of a group of agents and get an account of what trainees have to unlearn to succeed -- and the second, in which Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald's characters become the focus of a specific plotline. Pichel does well enough with the material at hand, although one wishes that Frank Tuttle had been given this movie to direct, to see what kind of sharp little edges he would have brought to the material.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/2016
UPC:
0025192139550
Original Release:
1946
Source:
Universal Mod
Sales rank:
3,055

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Ladd John Martin
Geraldine Fitzgerald Ellen Rogers
Patric Knowles Commander Brady
Richard Benedict Bernay
Richard Webb Parker
Don Beddoe Gates
Joseph Crehan Gen. Donovan
Egon Brecher Marcel Aubert
Gloria Saunders WAC Operator (Sparky)
John Hoyt Col. Meister
Harold Vermilyea Amadeus Braun
Julia Dean Mme. Prideaux
Bobby Driscoll Gerald
Dorothy Adams Claudette
Philip Ahlm German Officer
Carl Andre Col. Hesiter's Aide
Paul Barrett British Pilot
George Barton Handyman
Georgie Billings Actor
George Bruggeman M.P. Noncom
Helen Chapman Resistance Girl
André Charlot French Importer
Edward Clark French Waiter
Louise Colombet Old Frenchwoman
Catherine Craig Williams' Secretary
James Craven Jumpmaster
Roger Creed S.S. Man
Frank Dae Scientist
John Dehner German Radar Captain
Jean del Val Conductor
Paul Diamond Resistance Man [uncredited]
Jimmie Dundee Sentry
Carl Ekberg Actor
Frank Ferguson Research Man
Gene Garrick Operator
Joseph Granby Engineer
Henry Guttman German Major
John Harmon Pierre
Len Hendry German Soldier
Jerry James Pilot
Fred Kohler Fireman
Jack Lambert German Lieutenant
Billy Lechner Actor
Anthony Marsh Actor
John Maxwell LaFevre
Patrick McVey Actor
William Meader Actor
Tony Merlo Reynal
Peter Michael German Noncom
Hans Moebus Gestapo Man
Fred Nurney Major Courier
Albert Petit Actor
Byron Poindexter Copilot
Jean Ransome Elevator Operator
Albert Ruiz Actor
Carl Saxe Actor
Tom Stevenson Instructor
George Taylor Gestapo Plainclothesman
Archie Twitchell Officer
Albert van Antwerp Guard
Charles Victor Trainee
Harlan Warde Actor
James Westerfield Stout Man
Fred Zendar Actor
Edward Harvey Mr. Williams
Tom Schamp Plainclothesman
Walter Pietila Mansion Attendant
Janna DeLoos Woman Refugee
Herbert Wyndham Copilot
John Bogden Assistant Jumpmaster
Leo Schlesinger Actor
Walter Rode Actor
Jack Sterling Actor
Bob Templeton Actor
Holger Bendixen German Sergeant
Carmen Beretta Resistance Woman
Jon Gilbreath German Radar Lieutenant
Henry Vroom German Corporal
Renee Randall Cashier
Richard Elmore German Army Private
Billy Burt Lieutenant J.G.
Fred Datig Actor
Gavin Muir Col. Crawson
Onslow Stevens Field
Crane Whitley Arnheim
Leslie Denison Lt. Col. Miles
Roberta Jonay Gracie Archer
Jean Ruth Brady's Secretary
Paul Lees Trainee

Technical Credits
Irving Pichel Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Haldane Douglas Art Director
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Richard Maibaum Producer,Screenwriter
UNNR Raphael G. Beugnon Consultant/advisor
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
Stanley J. Sawley Set Decoration/Design
John Shaheen Consultant/advisor
William Shea Editor

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