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5.0 out of 5 stars dedication of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War 11.
A totally marvelous film depicting the setting up of a spy organization in the U.S. during World War 11. James Cagney shed his usual tough guy image in gangster films to portray the head of the unit. He is one tough dedicated American. The film wonderfully captures the training that the prospective spies received. It also tells that one of them is really a German agent...
Published on 18 Aug. 2010 by S. F. husseiny

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3.0 out of 5 stars Probably Survives Because of Cagney's Star Turn
"13 Rue Madeleine," (1947). This American postwar black and white World War II spy thriller was deliberately held back until the end of the war, to avoid giving the Axis powers any clue as to how our new spy service, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), worked. It's a classic action/adventure/drama, directed by Henry Hathaway, filmed on location in Quebec, standing in...
Published on 16 April 2013 by Stephanie De Pue


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dedication of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War 11., 18 Aug. 2010
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A totally marvelous film depicting the setting up of a spy organization in the U.S. during World War 11. James Cagney shed his usual tough guy image in gangster films to portray the head of the unit. He is one tough dedicated American. The film wonderfully captures the training that the prospective spies received. It also tells that one of them is really a German agent. Annabella is convincing as one of the trainees who yearns for information regarding her missing husband in France. Richard Conte is quite effective as the German spy who is cunning beyond belief. His cruelty is on par with his fabulous performance years later as Tony Bardman in "I'll Cry Tomorrow." Though a tragic film, the film should serve to show the dedication of men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War 11.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantabulosa, 18 Aug. 2008
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What a totally brilliant film. I wasn't expecting much, just a good cagney film to pass the morning by, but no, this film totally gripped me and I was on the edge of my seat the whole length of the film. James is as usual his brilliant self and the other supporting actors really stand out. I really recomend this film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prologue is The Past., 8 Jun. 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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O.S.S. agents are in training for work behind enemy lines in WWII. Upon receiving his latest batch of trainees, training leader Bob Sharkey is informed one of the rookies is actually a German mole. Letting the mole continue thinking he is undetected, Sharkey feeds the mole false information about important upcoming operations. But as Sharkey arranges his agents missions, and that of the mole, things go wrong and Sharkey himself must go into occupied France and risk the wrath of the Gestapo at 13 Rue Madeleine.

13 Rue Madeleine is a very efficient and enjoyable War/Spy/Thriller, it's directed by multi genre helmsman Henry Hathaway and stars acting legend James Cagney as Sharkey. Tho playing a tough guy, this is quite far removed from the sort of roles that defined Cagney's career, he's ably supported by Richard Conte and Walter Abel, but in all honesty it's Cagney's film all the way. As many other reviewers have mentioned, the majority of the picture feels like a documentary, or more a sort of public service explanation on the History Channel, not a bad thing exactly, but the dulcet narration is something I personally could have done without. However once the picture nicely turns its attention to the crucial mission, things start heating up and the film becomes a film in the truer sense of the word. We are fully engaged with the central characters having been with them thru Sharkey's training school, and as the (fabulous) ending draws closer, it's hoped that the majority of viewers are as involved with the plot as I personally was. Because then when the end does come, it impacts the way the makers hoped it would.

A very commendable picture and certainly recommended to fans of Cagney, Conte and this type of movie. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Black and White., 13 Oct. 2013
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robert stirling (tarn,s.w.france) - See all my reviews
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This is an underrated masterpiece.

Starts in a semi-documentary style and then slips into overdrive as an action/thriller set in the days preceeding the D-Day landings.

Class acting from James Cagney,Richard Conte,Sam Jaffe and a little known actress,Annabella.

It's as enjoyable today as it must have been in the late 1940's when first released,and is also a good history lesson of the American O.S.S. who operated alongside our own S.O.E. in Europe.

Gripping from start to finish.

Congratulations to the marketers of this DVD(my copy release date 2004): it's a black and white film and the publicity jacket is also in black and white----No Misleading Colour Photos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Cagney as always, 21 Oct. 2014
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Cagney is always terrific entertainment and this one is no exception. The story line was a bit slow to get started but once in the swing of it was great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars James Gagney roots out a rat in WWII drama, 5 Feb. 2015
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Josh "The Claw" (Wherever I'm needed) - See all my reviews
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Enjoyable WWII story of special ops and spies, adventure and drama in German occupied France. Old fashioned but a nice classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spies in all their Glory, 13 April 2014
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This was an excellent spy story which I have watched and rewatched. It was a good film about spying in ww2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 24 Dec. 2014
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First Class movie and well worth buying this version of it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably Survives Because of Cagney's Star Turn, 16 April 2013
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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"13 Rue Madeleine," (1947). This American postwar black and white World War II spy thriller was deliberately held back until the end of the war, to avoid giving the Axis powers any clue as to how our new spy service, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), worked. It's a classic action/adventure/drama, directed by Henry Hathaway, filmed on location in Quebec, standing in for occupied France, in a semi-documentary style that was new then, and had audiences flocking to the theaters. Viewers may notice that, to be extra careful, the OSS is never mentioned by name in this film. Louis de Rochmont produced; he and Hathaway had also made the New York based World War II spy thriller The House on 92nd Street, pioneering the semi-documentary style. 13 RUE MADELEINE now survives in an uneasy half-life, probably because of its star, James Cagney. The pint-sized former song and dance man -- and ultimate player of gangsters -- plays Robert Emmett "Bob" Sharkey, former spy himself, kicked upstairs to teach the first classes of fledgling spies at O.S.S.

Sharkey finds that one of his agents in training is a Nazi double, but decides not to arrest him. Instead, Sharkey decides to feed the double agent false information about the Allied invasion of Europe. Meanwhile, a team of agents goes to France to find a secret V-2 rocket depot. But the German spy has not been fooled, murders another of Sharkey's men, and manages to rejoin his people. He now knows too much and Sharkey has made a decision that came back to haunt him. Knowing he faces tremendous risks, Sharkey goes into France himself to try to clean up his mess.

Cagney, (Yankee Doodle Dandy , The Public Enemy) receives able support from the beauteous French actress Annabella, who was married to heartthrob Tyrone Power at the time. However, she's wasted in her part as Suzanne de Beaumont, telegraph operator. Also providing able backing are Richard Conte ( New York Confidential) as Bill O'Connell; Frank Latimore as Jeff Lassiter; Walter Abel (The Three Musketeers) as Sharkey's boss Charles Gibson, and Sam Jaffe (Ben-Hur ) as Mayor Galimard of the French village in the eye of the storm. The young actors Red Buttons and Karl Malden have unaccredited parts as jump masters. The young E.G. Marshall plays Emile. The notorious Russian spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg appear as themselves in archival footage.

The movie is dated, sometimes unrealistic, perhaps excessively patriotic and naïve for modern tastes but Cagney and Conte have meaty roles and do well by them. Oh, and the title? 13 Rue Madeleine is the address of the Gestapo in Le Havre, nearest big city to where the action in France is taking place. It becomes important in the film, though not necessarily to the viewer. However, the film still has some entertainment value thanks to its players.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Rue Madeleine [DVD] [1947], 3 Nov. 2014
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Mr. A. Glancy "drew glancy" (on earth scotland edinburgh) - See all my reviews
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fantastic movie you cant beat cagney
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