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Bon Voyage (1944)

TV-G | | Short, War | June 1944 (Portugal)
A young Scottish R.A.F. gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from occupied territory, and in particular one person who may or may not have been a German Agent.

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Alfred Hitchcock
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Blythe ... RAF Sgt. John Dougall
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janique Joelle ... Jeanne
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A young Scottish R.A.F. gunner is debriefed by French officials about his escape from occupied territory, and in particular one person who may or may not have been a German Agent. Written by Kathy Li

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Short | War

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Country:

UK

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French | English

Release Date:

June 1944 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Gute Reise See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Apart from John Blythe, all of the other actors in this short movie were French, and were simply credited as "The Molière Players" in order to protect their families from the Nazis. See more »

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[first title card]
Title Card: London, 1943. After escaping from Germany, RAF Sergeant John Dougall is questioned about his journey by a French Intelligence officer.
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Referenced in Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013) See more »

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Far superior to Aventure Malgache, if not classic Hitchcock
15 November 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Coming from someone who considers Alfred Hitchcock her all-time favourite director, both Aventure Malgache and Bon Voyage are interesting curiosities but neither see Hitchcock at his best. While I didn't think much of Aventure Malgache, Bon Voyage was very well-done and you can see why Hitchcock himself was fond of it. The script is lacking in tautness and has a tendency to plod and a couple of the flashbacks flow a little too stiffly, even with those there is much to recommend. While Bon Voyage doesn't quite have Hitchcock all over it or see him show what he was most good at, there is more evidence of his directing style than in Aventure Malgache, the suspense levels are not exactly strong but Bon Voyage is not dull either and has some fun to it. The camera work is clever and meticulously composed and the crisp black and white also impresses. The score is a good mix of haunting and playful, while the story is simpler, much less confused and has some nice twists and turns. Unlike Aventure Malgache, Bon Voyage thankfully is not too dialogue heavy, the French are portrayed more sensitively and the propaganda elements, while also on the dated side, more subtly handled. John Blythe is decent in the lead role. To conclude, not a classic but it is not bad at all and of Hitchcock two French shorts he made in the 40s this is the far superior of the two. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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