Hotel Reserve (June 1, 1944)

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Hotel Reserve
 

Released on June 1, 1944: During the first days of World War II, a young doctor trying to become a French citizen who is on holiday at a French seaside hotel is accused of spying for the enemy, and must become the bait to reveal the real spy.

Produced by Lance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum and Victor Hanbury

Directed by Lance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum and Victor Hanbury

The Actors: James Mason (Peter Vadassy), Lucie Mannheim (Mademoiselle Suzanne Koch, owner of Hotel Reserve), Raymond Lovell (Robert Duclos), Julien Mitchell (Michel Beghin, Chief of French Naval intelligence), Herbert Lom (Andre Roux), Martin Miller (Walter Vogel), Clare Hamilton (Mary Skelton), Frederick Valk (Emil Schimler, alias Paul Heimberger), Patricia Medina (Odette Roux), Anthony Shaw (Major Anthony Chandon-Hartley), Laurence Hanray (Police Commissioner), David Ward (Henri Asticot), Valentine Dyall (Warren Skelton), Joseph Almas (Albert the waiter), Patricia Hayes (unknown), Hella Kurty (Hilda Vogel), Ivor Barnard (P. Molon, chemist developing the film), Ernst Ulman (detective in black suit), John Baker (policeman), Mike Johnson (old man), Victor Rietty (cafe owner/waiter), Henry T. Russell (Gendarme), Hugo Schuster (Inspector)

 

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The Spy Becomes a Citizen

One day a few years ago my sister Carol asked me a curious and totally unexpected question. My sister Carol loved the French language so much that she majored in it when she went to college, intending as I recall to possibly get a job as a translator at the United Nations or something similar, using her knowledge of French and American English. This led to that and she fell in love with and married an engineer from Canada, and she spent a wonderful career as a French teacher in Canadian schools. It turns out that non-Canadian citizens were forbidden to teach in Canadian schools, and Carol never knew that one could become a duel-citizen - retaining her U.S. citizenship while gaining Canadian citizenship. After marrying Charles and moving to Canada to be his wife and mother of his children, Carol became a full Canadian citizen, renouncing her U.S. citizenship, so that she could get a job in Canada as a French teacher. Anyway, one day out of the blue she mentioned her regrets at giving up her U.S. citizenship and asked me if I thought ill of her because she had traded her U.S. citizenship to become a Canadian citizen. What a question! I always thought of America as a melting-pot of citizens from every country around the globe, but even in this 1944 spy adventure in a French seaside resort I could see that France, and indeed I believe the whole globe, was beginning to become one huge community.

Our story takes place in 1938, the early days of World War II, and we are in a French resort hotel where we meet a brother and sister from America, a retired military man from Britain, a German we know little about, a French fellow who likes to catch big fish, another quirky British fellow who befriends the French fisherman, a newlywed couple, and more. One of the guests is a young fellow from Austria who is trying to become a French citizen. Peter Vadassy, played by the eminent James Mason, is a new doctor fresh out of medical school who is taking a vacation while he waits for his naturalization papers from the French government. He spends his days taking photographs of lizards on the beaches with his shiny new and expensive camera. When he is suddenly grabbed by the local police and taken to the police station he meets the head of French Naval Intelligence Michael Beghin, played by Julien Michell. It seems that 11 photos on his roll of film full of pictures of lizards are actually photos of French military bases taken by a spy who accidentally grabbed his camera instead of his own. The young man wanting to become a citizen of France is told that he will not only never become a citizen of France, but he will be branded as a spy and sent to prison for the rest of his life . . . Unless . . . Unless he returns to the Hotel Reserve and helps the French Intelligence officer discover who among the guests has a camera similar to his and in a mixup took the spy photos with his camera. Thus begins our cat and mouse chase after a spy who could be any of the guests . . . or the owner of the hotel . . . or maybe even Albert the waiter . . . But we can guess . . . no . . . we know . . . Whoever the real spy is, he or she will soon be after our young doctor . . . He becomes the bait in a deadly serious hunt for a World War II spy ring along the sunny coast of France. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Clare Hamilton peeks into the room
Clare Hamilton peeks into the room
James Mason snaps a photo with his camera
James Mason snaps a photo with his camera
Anthony Shaw, Clare Hamilton and Raymond Lovell
Anthony Shaw, Clare Hamilton and Raymond Lovell
Anthony Shaw, Clare Hamilton and Valentine Dyall
Anthony Shaw, Clare Hamilton and Valentine Dyall
Anthony Shaw
Anthony Shaw
Clare Hamilton
Clare Hamilton
Clare Hamilton and James Mason
Clare Hamilton and James Mason
Clare Hamilton and James Mason
Clare Hamilton and James Mason
Clare Hamilton
Clare Hamilton
Clare Hamilton
Clare Hamilton
David Ward, Raymond Lovell and James Mason
David Ward, Raymond Lovell and James Mason
David Ward and Raymond Lovell pose for the camera
David Ward and Raymond Lovell pose for the camera
David Ward
David Ward
David Ward poses with his big catch
David Ward poses with his big catch
Ernst Ulman and James Mason
Ernst Ulman and James Mason
Frederick Valk
Frederick Valk
Frederick Valk and James Mason
Frederick Valk and James Mason
Frederick Valk, James Mason and Lucie Mannheim
Frederick Valk, James Mason and Lucie Mannheim
Frederick Valk and James Mason
Frederick Valk and James Mason
Frederick Valk
Frederick Valk
Hella Kürty and Martin Miller
Hella Kürty and Martin Miller
Herbert Lom
Herbert Lom
Herbert Lom and James Mason
Herbert Lom and James Mason
Herbert Lom and Patricia Medina
Herbert Lom and Patricia Medina
Herbert Lom and Patricia Medina
Herbert Lom and Patricia Medina
Herbert Lom and Raymond Lovell
Herbert Lom and Raymond Lovell
Herbert Lom
Herbert Lom
Herbert Lom in Hotel Reserve
Herbert Lom in Hotel Reserve
Herbert Lom
Herbert Lom
Ivor Barnard
Ivor Barnard
James Mason
James Mason
James Mason and Clare Hamilton
James Mason and Clare Hamilton
James Mason and Herbert Lom
James Mason and Herbert Lom
James Mason and Julien Mitchell
James Mason and Julien Mitchell
James Mason and Victor Rietti
James Mason and Victor Rietti
James Mason
James Mason
Joseph Almas
Joseph Almas
Joseph Almas and James Mason
Joseph Almas and James Mason
Joseph Almas and James Mason
Joseph Almas and James Mason
Joseph Almas
Joseph Almas
Julien Mitchell
Julien Mitchell
Julien Mitchell and Ivor Barnard
Julien Mitchell and Ivor Barnard
Julian Mitchell and James Mason
Julian Mitchell and James Mason
Julien Mitchell
Julien Mitchell
Laurence Hanray
Laurence Hanray
Lucie Mannheim
Lucie Mannheim
Lucie Mannheim and Frederick Valk
Lucie Mannheim and Frederick Valk
Lucie Mannheim
Lucie Mannheim
Martin Miller
Martin Miller
Martin Miller, James Mason and Hella Kürty
Martin Miller, James Mason and Hella Kürty
Martin Miller
Martin Miller
Patricia Medina
Patricia Medina
Raymond Lovell and Anthony Shaw
Raymond Lovell and Anthony Shaw
Raymond Lovell and David Ward
Raymond Lovell and David Ward
Raymond Lovell
Raymond Lovell
Valentine Dyall and Anthony Shaw, with Victor Rietti in the background
Valentine Dyall and Anthony Shaw, with Victor Rietti in the background
Valentine Dyall
Valentine Dyall

Two photos from a deleted scene showing Victor Rietti and James Mason from the personal collection of Sir Robert Rietty, Victor's son:

Victor Rietti and James Mason
Victor Rietti and James Mason
Victor Rietti and James Mason
Victor Rietti and James Mason