13 Rue Madeleine (1947)

95 mins | Drama | January 1947

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HISTORY

13 Rue Madeleine was the second documentary-like feature produced by the team of Louis de Rochemont, Henry Hathaway, John Monks, Jr. and Norbert Brodine. (For information on the first, see The House on 92nd Street .) Although an opening title card states that "In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field--and, whenever possible, at the actual locations," scenes set in London were shot in old Boston, French backgrounds were shot in Quebec, and a Massachusetts estate doubled as an English training base. In a Dec 1945 memo, included in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck suggested Randolph Scott for the role of "Sharkey," John Payne, Glenn Langan and William Eythe as "O'Connell" and Mark Stevens as "Lassiter." In Apr 1946, Zanuck tried to interest Rex Harrison in playing the role of Sharkey, pointing out to him that Sharkey "could have been an RAF Wing Commander, wounded and grounded, sent to Washington as a member of the RAF mission." Actor Horace MacMahon is credited in the Var review cast list but his role as a burglary instructor was eliminated from the final release print. An adaptation of the film was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on 20 Oct 1947 and starred Robert Montgomery and Lloyd ... More Less

13 Rue Madeleine was the second documentary-like feature produced by the team of Louis de Rochemont, Henry Hathaway, John Monks, Jr. and Norbert Brodine. (For information on the first, see The House on 92nd Street .) Although an opening title card states that "In order to obtain the maximum of realism and authenticity, all the exterior and interior settings in this Motion Picture were photographed in the field--and, whenever possible, at the actual locations," scenes set in London were shot in old Boston, French backgrounds were shot in Quebec, and a Massachusetts estate doubled as an English training base. In a Dec 1945 memo, included in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, studio head Darryl F. Zanuck suggested Randolph Scott for the role of "Sharkey," John Payne, Glenn Langan and William Eythe as "O'Connell" and Mark Stevens as "Lassiter." In Apr 1946, Zanuck tried to interest Rex Harrison in playing the role of Sharkey, pointing out to him that Sharkey "could have been an RAF Wing Commander, wounded and grounded, sent to Washington as a member of the RAF mission." Actor Horace MacMahon is credited in the Var review cast list but his role as a burglary instructor was eliminated from the final release print. An adaptation of the film was broadcast on Lux Radio Theatre on 20 Oct 1947 and starred Robert Montgomery and Lloyd Nolan. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Mar 1947.
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Box Office
28 Dec 1946.
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Daily Variety
17 Dec 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
19 Dec 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 46
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 46
p. 32.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Dec 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Dec 46
p. 3374.
New York Times
16 Jan 47
p. 30.
Variety
18 Dec 46
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch arr
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
32 Rue Madeleine
Release Date:
January 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 January 1947
Production Date:
late May--late August 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 January 1947
Copyright Number:
LP942
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in feet):
8,584
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11740
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, Charles Stevenson Gibson, a St. Louis attorney with an extensive background in international affairs, is chosen by President Roosevelt to organize the secret activities of a new Intelligence Corps. Gibson, in turn, selects Robert Sharkey, a widely traveled, multi-lingual scholar who served with distinction in World War I, to administer the complex training program. Selected groups of volunteers report to Washington for rigorous training before assignment overseas. In 1944, the candidates selected for the 77th group include Suzanne de Beaumont, a French citizen who became stranded in the U.S. when France fell, and whose husband is an artillery officer in the French army. Jeff Lassiter, the son of an American consul, educated in Geneva and Oxford and recruited from the Officers' Training School at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Bill O'Connell, a Rutgers graduate and former employee of the foreign department of a major bank, are also chosen. At a secluded country estate, the twenty-two candidates are given two weeks of intensive testing to see if they qualify for further training. Gibson tells Sharkey he knows that one of the candidates is a German agent and Sharkey is assigned to identify him. The group undergoes tough athletic drills, observation tests, instruction in Morse Code, interpretation of sounds, mock interrogations and hypothetical and actual missions. Lassiter and O'Connell, who are room-mates, are sent on a trial mission together. Sharkey is convinced that O'Connell is the German agent because he is too good to be a beginner. Gibson confirms Sharkey's opinion but wants O'Connell, whose real name is Wilhelm Kuncel, to go as planned to England, where he will be fed misinformation about the ... +


During World War II, Charles Stevenson Gibson, a St. Louis attorney with an extensive background in international affairs, is chosen by President Roosevelt to organize the secret activities of a new Intelligence Corps. Gibson, in turn, selects Robert Sharkey, a widely traveled, multi-lingual scholar who served with distinction in World War I, to administer the complex training program. Selected groups of volunteers report to Washington for rigorous training before assignment overseas. In 1944, the candidates selected for the 77th group include Suzanne de Beaumont, a French citizen who became stranded in the U.S. when France fell, and whose husband is an artillery officer in the French army. Jeff Lassiter, the son of an American consul, educated in Geneva and Oxford and recruited from the Officers' Training School at the University of California at Los Angeles, and Bill O'Connell, a Rutgers graduate and former employee of the foreign department of a major bank, are also chosen. At a secluded country estate, the twenty-two candidates are given two weeks of intensive testing to see if they qualify for further training. Gibson tells Sharkey he knows that one of the candidates is a German agent and Sharkey is assigned to identify him. The group undergoes tough athletic drills, observation tests, instruction in Morse Code, interpretation of sounds, mock interrogations and hypothetical and actual missions. Lassiter and O'Connell, who are room-mates, are sent on a trial mission together. Sharkey is convinced that O'Connell is the German agent because he is too good to be a beginner. Gibson confirms Sharkey's opinion but wants O'Connell, whose real name is Wilhelm Kuncel, to go as planned to England, where he will be fed misinformation about the second front campaign. In London, Sharkey and O'Connell visit the Netherlands Section of Allied intelligence, and O'Connell absorbs false information on Plan "B," the invasion of Germany through the Lowlands. Suzanne and Lassiter, meanwhile, are assigned a mission in France, where they are to locate a Frenchman named Duclois who has built a factory in which the Germans are manufacturing V-2 rocket bombs. They plan to enter France via Holland and no one, including O'Connell, who is to accompany them, must know what their mission is. When Sharkey then tells Lassiter that O'Connell is a German agent, he is shocked, but agrees to shoot O'Connell if he threatens to defect. Just after a farewell dinner, Suzanne learns that her husband is dead. When the trio parachute into Holland, one chute fails to open and Sharkey receives a message from Suzanne that Lassiter was killed in the jump and O'Connell has disappeared. A later cable reveals that Lassiter's parachute cord was deliberately cut. Knowing that the lives of all the agents are in danger as O'Connell can identify them, Sharkey takes over Lassiter's assignment and rendezvous with Suzanne at a safe house. At Nazi headquarters, meanwhile, O'Connell tells his superiors that they must find Lassiter's replacement. Sharkey, posing as an official of the Vichy government's Department of Labor, visits the mayor of the town where the rocket bomb factory is located and demands to meet Duclois. The mayor is actually a member of the French Underground and once Sharkey has proven his true identity, agrees to help him extricate Duclois from the heavily guarded Hotel Moderne where he lives and works. Meanwhile, the German state police have been investigating Sharkey and at Nazi headquarters, at 13 Rue Madeleine in Le Havre, O'Connell identifies a sketch of the American. As part of an elaborate plan, the mayor seeks protection from the Nazis against his countrymen, who regard him as a collaborator. Needing more men to protect the mayor, the Germans withdraw those guarding Duclois, enabling Sharkey to capture him. While the Underground put Duclois on a plane, Sharkey blocks the approaching Germans by deliberately crashing a car into them and is captured. Having witnessed the crash, Suzanne attempts to send a cable to Gibson, but is discovered by the Germans and killed. Later, in London, Duclois gives details of the factory layout to the RAF, who prepare to bomb it. Gibson receives part of Suzanne's final transmission in which she states that Sharkey is a prisoner at Nazi headquarters. As the Allies intend to bomb 13 Rue Madeleine, Gibson tells the pilots that Sharkey is no doubt being subjected to severe torture and that bombing the place may be the only way to release him from his suffering. Sharkey has been tortured but has revealed nothing. The bombing starts and Sharkey dies laughing in O'Connell's face, knowing that the vital D-Day secrets will perish with him. +

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