Paris After Dark (1943)

85 mins | Drama | 15 October 1943

Director:

Leonide Moguy

Writer:

Harold Buchman

Producer:

André Daven

Cinematographer:

Lucien Andriot

Editor:

Nick DeMaggio

Production Designers:

James Basevi, John Ewing

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Paris, France, Paris Underground, French Underground and The Night Is Ending. According to a 1 Sep 1942 HR news item, Lee Marcus was originally set to produce the picture, which was to be directed by Robert Florey, while a 26 Nov 1942 LAT news item reported that Annabella was to have the starring role. The news item also stated that the film would be about "events in a subway in Paris during the war." A 14 Apr 43 LAEx news item noted that the lead was originally intended for Maureen O'Hara, but would be played by Brenda Marshall. Philip Dorn was borrowed from M-G-M for the production. The CBCS lists Marcel Dalio's character as "Luigi." Paris After Dark was the first American picture worked on by Russian director Leonide Moguy, who had been working in Paris before the German occupation. ...

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The working titles of this film were Paris, France, Paris Underground, French Underground and The Night Is Ending. According to a 1 Sep 1942 HR news item, Lee Marcus was originally set to produce the picture, which was to be directed by Robert Florey, while a 26 Nov 1942 LAT news item reported that Annabella was to have the starring role. The news item also stated that the film would be about "events in a subway in Paris during the war." A 14 Apr 43 LAEx news item noted that the lead was originally intended for Maureen O'Hara, but would be played by Brenda Marshall. Philip Dorn was borrowed from M-G-M for the production. The CBCS lists Marcel Dalio's character as "Luigi." Paris After Dark was the first American picture worked on by Russian director Leonide Moguy, who had been working in Paris before the German occupation.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Oct 1943
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Daily Variety
5 Oct 1943
p. 3
Film Daily
6 Oct 1943
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 1942
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 1942
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 1942
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 1942
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1943
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 1943
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
21 Apr 1943
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 1943
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 1943
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 1943
p. 15
Hollywood Reporter
10 May 1943
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
14 May 1943
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Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1943
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
26 May 1943
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 1943
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 1943
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
2 Nov 1943
p. 4
Los Angeles Examiner
14 Apr 1943
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Los Angeles Times
26 Nov 1942
---
Motion Picture Daily
6 Oct 1943
---
Motion Picture Herald
9 Oct 1943
---
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Sep 1943
p. 1545
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Oct 1943
p. 1573
New York Times
23 Oct 1943
p. 11
Variety
31 Mar 1943
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Variety
6 Oct 1943
p. 8
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Bob Herndon
Asst dir
2d unit dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Mus
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Tech adv
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Sun Will Shine Again," music and lyrics by Margot Fragey, revised lyrics by Charles Henderson.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Paris Underground
Paris, France
The Night Is Ending
Release Date:
15 October 1943
Production Date:
10 May--mid Jun 1943
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
15 October 1943
LP12652
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
7, 734
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9398
SYNOPSIS

Dr. Andre Marbel and his nurse, Yvonne Blanchard, are the secret leaders of a Parisian resistance group known as the Fighting French Committee. They work in a clinic attached to the large Beaumont Works factory, which used to manufacture cars but now produces military machinery for the occupying German Army. Their primary contacts are Collette, a café owner, and Max and Paul, who print anti-German leaflets on a small press hidden in Collette's cellar. One day, Yvonne and her mother, father Lucien and younger brother George are astonished by the return of Jean, Yvonne's husband, who has been incarcerated in a German prison camp for two-and-a-half years. Jean, a former factory worker and soldier, is seriously ill, but does not reveal the severity of his case to Yvonne. The family is distraught by the change in Jean, for he has become a beaten man, terrified of the Germans and no longer possessing the confidence he had before his imprisonment. Yvonne decides to keep her resistance work secret from Jean, and as the days pass, he misinterprets her relationship with Marbel. A crisis arises when Marbel learns from Col. Pirosh, the leader of the local German forces, that Jean and other sick prisoners were released as an exchange for the five hundred Frenchmen who the army intends to send to Germany as laborers. When Marbel holds an emergency meeting to discuss the situation, Jean follows Yvonne to his home and assumes that she is having an affair with him. George, who is to be sent to Germany, is infuriated by Jean's defeatist attitude and decides to run away and join ...

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Dr. Andre Marbel and his nurse, Yvonne Blanchard, are the secret leaders of a Parisian resistance group known as the Fighting French Committee. They work in a clinic attached to the large Beaumont Works factory, which used to manufacture cars but now produces military machinery for the occupying German Army. Their primary contacts are Collette, a café owner, and Max and Paul, who print anti-German leaflets on a small press hidden in Collette's cellar. One day, Yvonne and her mother, father Lucien and younger brother George are astonished by the return of Jean, Yvonne's husband, who has been incarcerated in a German prison camp for two-and-a-half years. Jean, a former factory worker and soldier, is seriously ill, but does not reveal the severity of his case to Yvonne. The family is distraught by the change in Jean, for he has become a beaten man, terrified of the Germans and no longer possessing the confidence he had before his imprisonment. Yvonne decides to keep her resistance work secret from Jean, and as the days pass, he misinterprets her relationship with Marbel. A crisis arises when Marbel learns from Col. Pirosh, the leader of the local German forces, that Jean and other sick prisoners were released as an exchange for the five hundred Frenchmen who the army intends to send to Germany as laborers. When Marbel holds an emergency meeting to discuss the situation, Jean follows Yvonne to his home and assumes that she is having an affair with him. George, who is to be sent to Germany, is infuriated by Jean's defeatist attitude and decides to run away and join Charles de Gaulle's fighting forces. Despondent over his family's seeming rejection, Jean goes to the café, where he tells Michel the barber of George's plans. Michel informs Pirosh, who orders George and his friends apprehended. Later, the young men, who have been badly beaten, are taken to a demonstration at the factory, where the workers are celebrating the Allied landing at Algiers. When George urges his friends to keep fighting, Pirosh shoots and kills him, and Yvonne, who is watching from a clinic window, shoots Pirosh. The colonel is only wounded, however, and Marbel is forced to operate on him in order to save the fifty hostages taken by the Germans in reprisal. Meanwhile, Jean realizes that Michel betrayed George and strangles him, after which Collette tells him the truth about Yvonne and Marbel's involvement with the resistance. Jean then finds Yvonne and, after apologizing for his earlier accusations, comforts her as she grieves for her brother. He takes the pistol with which she shot Pirosh, who has recovered from the surgery and ordered that the hostages be killed if the sniper does not surrender. Yvonne intends to give herself up and goes to Marbel's house, where she learns that Jean has already turned himself in. Yvonne is crushed, but Marbel tells her that Jean is terminally ill and wishes for her to fight on while he makes the only sacrifice for the resistance that he can. Yvonne then makes a shortwave radio broadcast inciting her countrymen to continue their struggle, and in Pirosh's office, Jean listens as she declares her undying love for him.

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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