Review: ‘Paris Calling’

Smash, spy melodrama, with the background of France just after the Germans crashed Paris and immediately thereafter, Paris Calling offers Elisabeth Bergner in perhaps her top screen characterization (also her initial film made in US) as well as Randolph Scott and Basil Rathbone.

Smash, spy melodrama, with the background of France just after the Germans crashed Paris and immediately thereafter, Paris Calling offers Elisabeth Bergner in perhaps her top screen characterization (also her initial film made in US) as well as Randolph Scott and Basil Rathbone.

With Bergner as the wealthy Frenchwoman who later serves her country as an underground operative, the romance between her and Scott, a Texan serving in the RAF, is kept warm without losing the main plot thread – activity of the French loyalists working underground and in league with Great Britain.

Director Edwin Marin builds powerful suspense, first as the Texan RAF husky evades capture and later when Bergner extricates herself from carefully laid traps of the Nazis.

Besides Bergner’s superb work as the Frenchwoman turned spy in her country’s cause, Scott checks in with a superior performance as the devil-may-care RAF-er from Texas.

Paris Calling

Production

Universal. Director Edwin L. Marin; Producer Benjamin Glazer; Screenplay Benjamin Glazer, Charles S. Kaufman; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor Edward Curtiss; Music Richard Hageman

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Elisabeth Bergner Randolph Scott Basil Rathbone Gale Sondergaard Lee J. Cobb Charles Arnt
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