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Uncertain Glory (1944)
Topic Started: Jul 7 2018, 09:49 AM (108 Views)
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Uncertain Glory (1944) Dir. Raoul Walsh
A Warner Bros. Picture
102 min. / B&W / 1.33:1
DVD: Warner Archive

Errol Flynn is a condemned French prisoner(!) during the Vichy era; when a well-placed British bomb blows up the guillotine and part of the prison wall, he escapes, only to be recaptured by his own personal Javert, who's bringing him back to face the blade - except they pass through a village where the Nazis have rounded up 100 hostages and demanded that the saboteur who blew up a bridge surrender lest all 100 be shot. Flynn decides that going THAT way is preferable to the death that's been been promised him; can the Inspector trust him?

A fine (if overly-long) motion picture if you can buy Faye Emerson, Douglass Dumbrille, Sheldon Leonard, Paul Lukas, and Dennis Hoey as French people (not to mention Mr. Flynn himself). At least nobody tries to put on an accent. One plot twist and turn after another; we enjoyed it quite a bit, with lavish sets and great cinematography (by Sidney Hickox) to boot.

Million-dollar Dialog:
Flynn, when the cop urges him to take confession prior to his death: "Inside that church is a nice, simple village priest. What confessions is he used to? Petty stuff. Swearing, drinking, beating your wife: things like that. Why, if he heard my list he'd faint. For me it'd take at least a bishop."

Previously available only in the TCM/Warners "Errol Flynn Adventures" boxed set, where it included newsreels, shorts, and cartoons, and being released on standalone DVD this month in the Warner Archive. Beautiful print, highly recommended.
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