Odette (film)

Odette
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Warren Chetham-Strode
Jerrard Tickell (book)
Starring Anna Neagle
Trevor Howard
Marius Goring
Bernard Lee
Peter Ustinov
Release date(s) 1950
Running time 124 minutes
Country  United Kingdom
Language English, French, German
Box office ₤269,463 (UK)[1]

Odette is a 1950 film that was directed by Herbert Wilcox and used a screenplay by Warren Chetham-Strode. The film starred Anna Neagle as Odette Sansom, an Allied French-born heroine of World War II who joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and was sent to France to work with the resistance. Trevor Howard played the part of Peter Churchill, the British agent she mainly worked with. Peter Ustinov played their radio operator.

Churchill and Odette were both captured by the Nazis after having operated successfully for some time. Odette was badly tortured but didn't reveal anything. She was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp, survived and was awarded the George Cross (The highest British award for bravery not directly in the face of the enemy).

Colonel Maurice Buckmaster, who was head of the SOE's French Section, played himself in the film, as did Paddy Sproule a FANY female SOE agent.[2]

Notes

  1. ^ Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000
  2. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/special-forces-obituaries/8033300/Paddy-Sproule.html

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