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Assignment in Brittany
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- Jack Conway
- Anthony Veiller (screen play)
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- Jean-Pierre Aumont
- Susan Peters
- Margaret Wycherly
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- Bertrand Corlay
- (as Pierre Aumont)
- Mme. Henriette Corlay
- Jean Kerenor
- Capt. Hans Holz
- Capt. Deichgraber
- Louis Basdevant
- Col. Herman Fournier
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- Trivia The Germans built several submarine bases on the west coast of France after their occupation of the country in 1940. Enormous submarine pens of reinforced concrete were erected at Bordeaux, Brest, La Pallice, Lorient and Saint-Nazaire. These structures protected the U-Boats from attack and allowed them freer access to the Atlantic Ocean, as the submarines did not have to transverse the English Channel or go around the UK via the North Sea from bases in Germany. As of 2020 these massive constructions are still largely intact and some have even been re-purposed. The pens at La Pallice can be seen in Das Boot (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) .
- Goofs As Corlay and Kerenor are about to enter the pub, a German guard stops them. Kerenor says, "One uncovers. It's good form for the content." They take their hats off and enter. But once inside, only they have their hats off. All the other Frenchmen of the town, and the German officers, have their hats on their heads.
Jean Kerenor : [as he and Metard/Corlay are stopped by a guard from entering a pub] One uncovers. It's good form for the content.
[German officers as well as town folk are seated inside]
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- Dec 5, 2012
- March 11, 1943 (United States)
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- Uppdrag i Bretagne
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA (Studio)
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- Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
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Immediately upon completing a dangerous spy mission in Northern Africa, Captain Pierre Metard is ordered back to the "Free French" headquarters in London. There, Metard learns that his next assignment is to impersonate Bertrand Corlay, a writer and suspected Nazi collaborator whom he greatly resembles. Metard learns many details about the wounded, hospitalized Corlay and even has a replica of Corlay's birthmark imprinted on his back. Once his education is complete, Metard, whose mission is to discover the exact location of a German submarine base near Corlay's home, parachutes into a field near Corlay's farm and is accosted by two escaped British soldiers. Metard soon convinces the escapees of his loyalties and directs them to Louis Basdevant, his contact in nearby St. Lunaire. When Metard arrives at the Corlay farm, he is coolly greeted by Corlay's disapproving mother Henrietta. Metard then reunites with Corlay's fiancée, Anne Pinot. Although Anne appears happy to see Metard, whom she believes to be Corlay, she tells him that she cannot marry him because of a past infidelity. Confused, Metard heads for the local inn and discovers that Corlay was having an affair with Elise, a seductive Nazi collaborator. Jean Kerenor, a disabled schoolteacher, is deeply in love with Elise and accuses Metard, as Corlay, of being pompous and vicious. After Metard agrees to meet the unsuspecting Elise at a ruined castle, Nazi soldiers burst into the Corlay farm, demanding accommodations. When Metard identifies himself as Corlay, however, the commanding officer suddenly changes his mind and departs. Afterward, Mme. Corlay reveals to Metard that she is aware of his impersonation, but assures him that she will not betray him, as she is ashamed of her son's Nazi affliations. At the castle, Elise confirms that she is a Nazi collaborator and tells Metard that the submarine base is in St. Lunaire. As Metard is walking back to the Corlay farm, he sees Anne being attacked by a German soldier and kills him. Anne is moved by Metard's bravery and lovingly forgives him. Later, however, Mme. Corlay implores Metard to "go easy" on Anne, and he agrees. Metard then heads for St. Lunaire, where he meets Louie, a fisherman. After making plans with Louie, who is also helping the English soldiers and a French resistance fighter named Rochet, Metard learns that Louie is actually a Nazi collaborator. As feared, Louie betrays Metard, Rochet and the Englishmen to some German soldiers, but Metard manages to overpower the Germans and takes Louie hostage. With his gun jammed into Louie's back, Metard and Louie meet with German Major Von Pless, who believes Metard is Louie's cousin. Before Metard can secure safe passage, however, Von Pless discovers his ruse and orders his arrest. Once again, Metard outmaneuvers the enemy and escapes by diving into the bay. While he is swimming to safety, Metard sees a German submarine surface and dock under a hidden sea wall. Now aware of the base's location, Metard proceeds to Mont. St. Michel, where he relays his findings to Plehec, a restaurant owner who secretly operates a wireless for the British. Metard then returns to the Corlay farm, unaware that Elise and Capt. Holtz suspect him. Although Metard shows Holtz his birthmark, Holtz becomes convinced he is a spy when Plehec's young nephew Etienne identifies him as the man who visited Plehec. Metard is taken to jail, where he sees the tortured Plehec killed by the Nazis. Metard is also tortured and starved by Holtz, but like Plehec, refuses to reveal what he knows. With the help of Kerenor, a priest, and other sympathetic villagers, Metard escapes from Holtz's jail and hides in the catacombs of the local church. There, Anne nurses Metard and confesses that she loves him even though she now knows he is not Corlay. In turn, Metard pledges his love and vows to marry her. To Metard's surprise, Etienne then appears, explaining that his uncle had instructed him to protect the wireless at any cost. Etienne helps Metard out of the church, and Kerenor leads him safely into some woods. After Mme. Corlay bids "her son" goodbye, Metard and Etienne head for the wireless to alert the British. Kerenor, meanwhile, sees Elise, whose innocence he has always maintained, embracing Holtz in the woods and, enraged, shoots and kills him, then strangles Elise. Hearing the shot, German soldiers rush to the scene, but Mme. Corlay insists that she is Holtz's killer. Metard then relays the submarine base's location, and British commandos launch a sneak attack on St. Lunaire. Overcoming his physical handicap, Kerenor kills many Germans during the ensuing battle, but is himself killed. After British speed boats bomb the hidden base, Metard reunites with Anne on board an England-bound ship and joins her in singing "Les Marsielles."
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The working title of this film was Fire in the Night . Helen MacInnes' novel was serialized in The Saturday Evening Post from 2 May to June 20, 1942. When M-G-M bought the screen rights in February 1942, the novel was titled Cross Channel . French screen star Pierre Aumont made his American acting debut in this film, as did Swedish actress Signe Hasso. Like the character he plays in Assignment in Brittany , Aumont fought with the Free French forces in Tunisia, Italy and France. He was awarded both the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre. Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts add the following information about the production: John Carradine was announced as one of the film's stars in August 1942. In mid-October 1942, production shut down for several days due to director Jack Conway's flu. The following actors were announced as cast members: Blanche Yurka, Wolfgang Zilzer, Byron Nelson, George Ford, Vernon Rickard, Jack Lorenz, Alan Westcott, George Calliga, George Magrill, Max Lucke, Waclaw Rekwart, Alex Akimoff, Helen Giere, Cap Somers, Bob Ireland, John Peters, Bruce Carruthers, Florence Brown, Richard Carpenter, Michael Macey, Claude Payton, Art Belasco, John Phipps, Esther Fleischman and Lillian Nicholson. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. In November 1942 Hollywood Reporter production charts, Ben Lewis is listed as editor instead of the credited Frank Sullivan, and Paul Groesse is listed as associate art director instead of the credited William Ferrari.
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- Genre: Drama
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- Director: Jack Conway
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- Release Date (Streaming): Apr 1, 2021
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Assignment in brittany.
1943 Directed by Jack Conway
Every second throbs with suspense and excitement!
A French Resistance fighter discovers he's a dead ringer for a Nazi official.
Jean-Pierre Aumont Susan Peters Margaret Wycherly Signe Hasso Richard Whorf George Coulouris John Emery Darryl Hickman Sarah Padden Adia Kuznetzoff Reginald Owen Miles Mander Alan Napier Odette Myrtil Juanita Quigley William Edmunds George Brest George Travell Paul Leyssac Lucien Prival Rex Williams Lionel Royce
J. Walter Ruben
Anthony Veiller William H. Wright Howard Emmett Rogers
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Review by 🥀 e m m e l i n e ★★★★
Still my favorite Jean-Pierre Aumont performance! He’s so charismatic and winning and heroic in this role. And his character is a doppelgänger posing as his counterpart which is just so darn interesting , especially because since only he gives himself away by being too kind. Meanwhile, Susan Peters lends her sweet, rather naïve character an innate intelligence that puts her in a tier above the average love interest. I just adore this brisk little film and I’m so happy I bought the Warner Archive DVD to watch whenever my heart desires!
Review by 🥀 e m m e l i n e ★★★½
I thought maybe I had seen this before, but I’d have remembered Jean-Pierre Aumont’s performance or his excellent hair! And genuinely, one of the best upper-tier B movies that I’ve seen in a while. The story moves along well and maintains a tension that Helen MacInnes’ novel could never quite muster. Hope I get the chance to see this again at some point!
Review by jamawive ★★★★
Good lord that was satisfying. In a world that seems increasingly out of control, with rampant newly fortified racism in my country (USA) and global fascism on the rise (and that really is just the tip of a long list of terrible troubles today), it just feels right to watch some Nazis get wiped out.* And in style! This is a snappy little WWII B-movie that packs a lot of punch. I also admit to now having a huge crush on Pierre (aka Jean-Pierre) Aumont. Mon dieu! *Yes, yes, I know this is hypocritical, and not pacific or spiritual at all (I do apologize to Buddhists everywhere, really). I concur. Just give me my moment of glee, okay? Sigh.
Review by PUNQ ★★½
Honorable espionage story starring French star Jean-Pierre Aumont during his brief war-time Hollywood stint. He comes out of this film with his dignity intact. While the film is solid, it lacks flair and the gruesome Nazi tactics comes across more as routine than emotional. But if you love old World War II movies, this is a good pick.
Review by smokeandmirrors ★★★★
in the middle of a thoroughly-mediocre-spy-films marathon this one was such a breath of fresh air, i thought it was so neat. always love the identity shenanigans involved in impersonating your doppelganger -- the way pierre's relationship develops with his not-mother is great, and that scene where he goes and pumps the poor heartbroken girl who loves him for info on where he might have been meeting his paramour? amazing! crunchy, delicious, dreadful emotional tension! i gasped and fluttered my hand over my chest when i realised what he was doing. i had to rewatch the ending because i zoned out embarrassingly fast at the first sign of explosions but on second sight it was well done, they did a good job. signe hasso was very good as a collaborator and jean-pierre aumont is a new name to me but i shall be keeping an eye out for him in the future
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Assignment in Brittany ... A French captain (Jean-Pierre Aumont) poses as a Nazi to pinpoint a U-boat base off the coast of France, while assuming the identity of
Assignment in Brittany is a 1943 war film directed by Jack Conway and starring French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont and Swedish actress Signe Hasso
A French Resistance fighter discovers he's a dead ringer for a Nazi official. Cast & Crew. Read More. Jack Conway. Director · Pierre Aumont.
After Corlay ends up in British custody, his astonishing resemblance to Captain Metard is recognized and Pierre is tasked with memorizing another man's life in
Movie Info. A French captain (Pierre Aumont) poses as a Nazi leader to pinpoint a U-boat base off the coast.
Assignment in Brittany (1943) #WarnerArchive #WarnerBros ... Aumont (billed as "Pierre Aumont") makes his American film debut in...
Assignment in Brittany is a film directed by Jack Conway with Jean-Pierre Aumont, Susan Peters, Margaret Wycherly, Signe Hasso, Richard Whorf .
A French soldier and spy is sent on a mission to discover the location of a secret German U-Boat base in â€œAssignment in Brittany,â€ released on DVD as
THIS PRODUCT IS MANUFACTURED ON DEMAND USING REGION FREE DVD-R RECORDABLE MEDIA. Jean-Pierre Aumont (billed as Pierre Aumont) makes his American film debut
This is a snappy little WWII B-movie that packs a lot of punch. I also admit to now having a huge crush on Pierre (aka Jean-Pierre) Aumont. Mon dieu! *Yes, yes