Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Alfred Hitchcock's particular contribution to the War effort consisted of two French-language short subjects, slated to be distributed in France after the Liberation. The first film was Bon Voyage; the second was Aventure Malgache. In the latter film, Paris' Moliere Players enact a thrilling tale of the French Resistance. The fact-based story concerns Claurousse, who boldly operated on behalf of the Underground in Nazi-occupied Madagascar. Sent to prison by the Vichy government, Claurousse is rescued by the British, and is thus able to continue tweaking Hitler's nose. As in his previous Murder and his later Stage Fright, Hitchcock seems delighted with the opportunity to combine the specialized world of the theater with the more treacherous terrain of intrigue. Long available only for archival showings, Aventure Malgache was released to videotape in the mid-1980s, often in tandem with Bon Voyage.
war, espionage, propaganda, employment