13 Rue Madeleine

13 Rue Madeleine is a 1947 Film Noir World War II spy film starring James Cagney, Annabella and Richard Conte. The title refers to the Le Havre address where a Gestapo headquarters is located.

After they complete their training and are sent to Great Britain, three of the new O77 agentsFrenchwoman Suzanne de Beaumont Annabella, American Jeff Lassiter Frank Latimore and Kuncelare sent on missions into Germanoccupied France. Kuncel is briefed on a fictitious invasion of Europe through Holland, but at the last minute he asks Gibson to send Lassiter with him. Lassiter has been briefed on a different missionto locate the factory depot for V2 rockets that will be used against the Allied invasion ports, with Suzanne as his radio operator. Sharkey tells him about Kuncel and assigns him to accompany Kuncel into Holland but then to continue on his own mission. If Kuncel tries to follow Lassiter instead of completing his own mission, Lassiter is to kill him. However, Lassiters uneasiness apparently alerts Kuncel. When the trio parachute into Holland, Lassiters parachute fails to open and he plummets to his death. The jumpmaster Karl Malden of the B24 Liberator transporting the group discovers that the strap to Lassiters static line was deliberately cut. Gibson and Sharkey realize that Kuncel knows that the information he was given is false and that he can identify every agent he trained with.With no time to brief another agent to be Lassiters replacement, Sharkey volunteers. Gibson protests that Sharkey knows the date and location of the invasion but reluctantly agrees. With the help of the local French resistance led by the towns mayor Sam Jaffe and his driver E. G. Marshall, Sharkey completes his mission, apprehending the collaborator who designed the V2 depot and returning him to Great Britain. However, while intercepting Kuncel as he tries to stop the pickup airplane from taking off, Sharkey is captured. Suzanne is killed while transmitting the news to England. The Gestapo torture Sharkey, but he refuses to reveal his knowledge. Back in Great Britain, Gibson has no choice but to order a bombing raid to destroy the Gestapo headquarters and kill Sharkey before he

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