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Operation Secret (1952)

While under attack by German forces, a French army unit discovers there is a traitor in their midst, feeding the Germans information.

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Lewis Seiler

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Cast

Cast overview:
Cornel Wilde ... Peter Forrester
Steve Cochran ... Marcel Brevoort
Phyllis Thaxter ... Maria Corbet
Karl Malden ... Maj. Latrec
Paul Picerni ... Capt. Armand Dupree
Lester Matthews ... Robbins
Dan O'Herlihy ... Mike Duncan
Jay Novello ... Herr Bauer
Wilton Graff ... French Official
Dan Riss ... German Sergeant
Harlan Warde ... Maj. Dawson
Kenneth Patterson Kenneth Patterson ... General
William F. Leicester William F. Leicester ... Capt. Hughes (as William Leicester)
Gayle Kellogg Gayle Kellogg ... Corporal
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A few years after the end of WW2 a special French military commission is convened to summon witnesses who could shed light on an incident that took place during the war.The witnesses are all French except one who is American. The incident dates back to the French surrender to the Germans in 1940.One group of mostly French Foreign Legion soldiers refused to surrender to the Germans and being holed-up in a farm house continued to offer resistance to the Germans.Their officer,Capt. Armand Dupree,suggested surrender but his men called him a coward until they were ordered to surrender.After the Armistice some of them,prisoners of war in German POW camps,escaped and joined various resistance groups.The American,Peter Forrester,joins the US Army and is recruited by US Intelligence for his language skills and for the fact he had lived in Germany and France before the war.When he accepts a special mission behind enemy lines,in occupied France,Operation Secret begins. Written by nufs68

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A SECRET HUNT FOR THE MAN OF MYSTERY FOUR NATIONS HAD TO FIND! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der tote Zeuge See more »

Filming Locations:

USA

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An absolute gem!
16 February 2013 | by aldiborontiSee all my reviews

What a wonderful movie and what a surprise! I didn't expect much from this and the unimaginative title didn't help. I decided to give it a try because a couple of my favourite actors were in it, Steve Cochran and Karl Malden.

First a rundown of the plot. In the opening we see a couple of passenger planes converging on Paris, one from New York and one from Germany. The date is a few years after WWII and a trial is being held in Paris for the murder of a Maquis member during the war. The accused person is absent, the character played by Cornel Wilde. The witnesses are being assembled from all points of the compass, including Cochran, Malden and others, all belonging to the same French Resistance group as Wilde. From here we get a series of flashbacks as each witness tells how he or she met Wilde and their experiences during the war years. Cochran tells first how he met Wilde when they were all cornered by the Germans in 1940 in a house outside Paris. Cochran is in the French army, Wilde (an American) and Malden are Foreign Legionaries. The order from the government for French soldiers to lay down their arms and surrender comes over the radio. From this pivotal point the plot proceeds through twists and turns, always gripping us and always surprising us.

As the final titles came up I realised I'd just viewed one of the best B movies I'd ever seen. I highly recommend it to all, a brilliant little film with the ensemble cast at the top of their form. A well-deserved 8/10.


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