Odette 1950

 

Director: Herbert Wilcox

 

Writers: Jerrard TickellWarren Chetham Strode

Rôle: Colonel Henri

 

Release Date: 6 June 1950

Synopsis: This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) during World War II. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. Captured and tortured by the Gestapo, she refused to identify her accomplices.

Comment: 'Odette' was given a Royal Command Film Performance for its premiere on 7 June 1950 attended by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. There is film on YouTube of Marius meeting the King and Queen.

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Reviews: From frenchfilms.org: "The performances are extraordinarily convincing, with both Neagle and her co-star Trevor Howard effectively playing down the heroism of their characters to reveal their nobler qualities - loyalty, tenacity and, of course, courage - whilst never letting us forget their ordinariness. Marius Goring (best known for his Powell-Pressburger outings, A Matter of Life and Death (1946) and The Red Shoes (1948)) is superbly sinister as a shady German intelligence operative. Goring delivers a wonderfully ambiguous characterisation - we cannot be sure whether his Colonel Henri is as ambivalent to the Nazi cause as he pretends or whether he is just a master of deceit."

 

Trivia: The short sleeve shirt that Marius is wearing and the scarf that is draped over the railing in the scene where he is leaning on the balcony railing (see first picture in the gallery below) are the same as those he wore in The Red Shoes (1948). He would also wear the same scarf in The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952). The overcoat he wears in a scene in Annecy he would later wear in The Treasure of San Teresa (1959) and in Maigret (1963) as Peter the Lett.

 

Availability: DVD (Studio Canal) Release date: 2009 & Blu Ray (Studio Canal) Release Date: 20 June 2019.

Odette article - King and Queen to see Odette in The Daily Telegraph 26 April 1950
Odette review in The Times 7 June 1950
Odette review in the Irish Independent 7 June 1950
Odette review by Wardour in the Leicester Evening Mail 12 June 1950
Odette Film Premiere article with photo in The Daily Telegraph 7 June 1950
Odette review by C.A. Lejeune in The Sketch 5 July 1950
Odette review by Peter C. Davalle in the Western Mail 1 July 1950
Odette review in the Kinematograph Weekly 8 June 1950
Odette review by Dilys Powell in The Sunday Times 11 June 1950
Odette review by Bosley Crowther in The New York Times 28 March 1951
Odette review by Freda Bruce Lockhart in The Tatler 21 June 1950
Odette article in The Essex Newsman 13 June 1950