Paris Calling (1941)

Genres - War  |   Sub-Genres - Resistance Film, War Drama, War Spy Film  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Made just before America's entry into World War II, Paris Calling is one of the earliest French Underground adventures. When the German march into Paris, a polyglot of French patriots organize to undermine the Nazi occupation troops (represented by Lee J. Cobb, who plays his character with a surprising amount of depth). Elizabeth Bergner plays a French aristocrat who learns that her ex-fiance (Basil Rathbone) is a collaborator; she agrees to help the Underground, even unto killing her former lover. Gale Sondergaard, normally a villain, is sympathetically cast as a blowsy waterfront entertainer whose waterfront dive serves as Resistance headquarters. And how do the neutral Americans figure into all of this? Yankee-doodle-dandy Randolph Scott parachutes into view as a pilot for the RAF.

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war, America, assassination, barnstorming, betrayal, enemy, fighter, France, Germany, killing, love, lover, movement [action], Nazism, resistance, socialite, underground [counterculture]