The Last Chance (1945)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama, War Drama  |   Release Date - May 26, 1945 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Switzerland, USA  |  
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One of the few Swiss-produced films of the 1940s to gain an international release, Last Chance was distributed in the US by MGM. The film stars E.G. Morrison, John Hoy and Ray Reagan as three American officers who come to the aid of a group of Italian refugees. Tension mounts as the officers do their utmost to see their charges safely over the Alps. If the names of the leading actors seem unfamiliar to you, that's because they weren't actors, but genuine Allied pilots who'd been shot down near Switzerland and who agreed to appear in this film before being mustered out. Similarly, the refugees are the genuine article. Last Chance's enthusiasm and sincerity compensates for any lack of polish or skill among the amateur performers. The dialogue is spoken in several languages, requiring the film to be subtitled in every country where it was released.

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war, army-officer, barnstorming, captive, captor, escape, refugee, survivor, actor, group, help, officer, wound [injury]