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The Great Temptation (1936)

La porte du large (original title)


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Credited cast:
Victor Francen ... Commandant Villette
Marcelle Chantal ... Madeleine Level
Jacques Baumer Jacques Baumer ... Commandant Bovy
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Pierre Villette
Roland Toutain ... Paillard
Noël Roquevert ... Marec
Pierre Poncet Pierre Poncet ... Saint-Yveline
Jacques Berlioz Jacques Berlioz ... L'amiral
Guy Sloux Guy Sloux ... Pivert
Gustave Gallet Gustave Gallet ... Le préfet
René Stern René Stern ... Le commissaire
Paul Asselin Paul Asselin ... Le chirurgien
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Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent
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Dreadful melodrama
11 July 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

All that was made in the glittering thirties in the French cinema was not gold."La porte du large" is an appalling military melodrama where a father,a naval officer,who teaches in naval college , and his son ,a middie ,fall in love with the same woman.Something's got to give.Who will marry her?

French historian Jean Tulard writes that this melodrama is performed in an outmoded way,and we can only agree with him.However the actors were extremely competent:Victor Francen was sublime in Duvivier's "la fin du jour" and Gance's "j'accuse" ;Jean -Pierre Aumont was one of the romantic male leads of the period .Like in "l'équipage" ,Roland Toutain serves as a comical foil to him.But Marcel Lherbier whose heyday was the twenties was now overtaken by Renoir,Carné ,Duvivier,Gance and many others.

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Release Date:

9 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Temptation See more »

Filming Locations:

Brest, Finistère, France

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Productions Alliance See more »
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1.37 : 1
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