This is one of the classic films of the early post-war period. Anna Neagle gives a harrowing "no holds barred" performance in the title role. Through a simple mistake, Odette found herself recruited to SOE. Following a number of sorties into German occupied France, she was finally captured. Although tortured mercilessly, she refused to give the Germans any information regarding other agents. She eventually ended up in Ravensbruck concentration camp from where she was eventually liberated at the end of the war. For her immense bravery, Odette was awarded the George Cross.
It is said that this was Dame Anna Neagle's favourite of all the films she made. It is certainly mine.
This is a film which will be of interest to anyone studying (or with an interest in) the second world war. Although made in black and white, like so many of the time, this adds to the atmosphere of the whole film. However, this is certainly not a film for the feint hearted. For those who believe Anna Neagle films to be sugar coated, this will be a very pleasant surprise. If like me, you are an avid fan of Anna Neagle, then this is a real must.