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Directed by Irving Pichel
USA 1946

 

From Irving Pichel, the outstanding director of The Most Dangerous Game, They Won't Believe Me, The Bride Wore Boots, Quicksand and Destination Moon, comes this noirish actioner about a team of spies and saboteurs in Nazi-occupied France. Screen great Alan Ladd (This Gun for Hire, Calcutta, Shane) stars with Geraldine Fitzgerald (So Evil My Love) in this riveting war-time spy thriller. The story opens at an Army spy school where tactics and gadgets used in espionage operations are demonstrated to students—as well as the sobering lesson that one wrong move could cost them their lives. A cunning captain (Ladd) of an O.S.S. team is sent undercover into Nazi-occupied France to blow up a railway tunnel. With danger constantly at their backs, the team carefully plots a course of action while the enemy is closing in and D-Day is fast approaching.

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The (O)ffice of (S)trategic (S)ervices' Cmdr. Brady (Patric Knowles) forms Operation "Applejack" (based on a composite of actual incidents during WWII) and sends Lt. (j.g.) Philip Masson, U.S.N.R. aka John Martin as spy Philippe Martine (Alan Ladd) along with Miss Ellen Rogers posing as her college roommate, Madame Elaine Duprez (Geraldine Fitzgerald) and Robert Bouchet, Tech Sgt., A.U.S. as Albert Bernardito (Richard Benedict) to acquire secret Nazi plans. After nearly getting caught they succeed and get new identities. However they discover a secret that could change the war and risk their lives to get the information back to London before it jeopardizes their lives. Martine and Duprez then get reassigned to assist fellow spy Frank Schmidt aka Parker (Richard Webb) embedded in the German army so he can relay important Nazi troop movements. Then she is discovered by an old foe, Col. Paul Meister (John Hoyt) but Martine must radio the vital information and misses her.

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Theatrical Release: May 26th, 1946

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:47:46.251        
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,010,402,971 bytes

Feature: 33,790,150,656 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1556 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1556 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,010,402,971 bytes

Feature: 33,790,150,656 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Samm Deighan
Theatrical Trailer (2:06)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 10th, 2021
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (August 2021): Kino have transferred Irving Pichel's O.S.S. to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "Brand New 2K Master". It has some inconsistency and the grain textures can be quite blocky at times. It has instances where it is quite flat but also times where we can see some pleasing depth. There are a few speckles but no untoward damage. Contrast seems decently layered in the 1080P. Overall, a more modest appearance which would probably be in-line with the best available source.  

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual-mono track (16-bit) in the original English language (with some German.) O.S.S. has many aggressive sequences; war planes, strafing runs, bombs, gunfire and more. They have impacting, flat, depth. There is a score credited to Daniele Amfitheatrof (The Desert Fox, Edge of Eternity, The Lost Moment, The Desperate Hours, Human Desire, Letter From An Unknown Woman) and Heinz Roemheld (Four Frightened People, Ruby Gentry, I, Jane Doe, Dangerous, The Monster that Challenged The World, The Land Unknown, The Mole People, 1933's The Invisible Man.) There is consistent dialogue in the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Samm Deighan. Samm brings up similar films; 13 Rue Madeleine, Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die, and Cloak and Dagger etc. dealing with spies or an underground resistance. She discusses a lot about the evolution of the real (O)ffice of (S)trategic (S)ervices, information on Ladd, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles, John Hoyt, Gloria Saunders and, of course, the director Irving Pichel. She talks about the writer, Richard Maibaum, famous for most of the Bond films, spy gadgets surfacing in O.S.S. and other historical interests. It's a very good commentary - extremely well-researched and it increased by appreciation of O.S.S. There is also a trailer for O.S.S. and trailers for other films with Ladd or ones that are part of the noir cycle.

Irving Pichel's O.S.S. is, actually, a very well-made film. Another, more forgotten, effort that deserves rediscovery. Although it has Alan Ladd, it couldn't be considered Film Noir despite having some similar crime-related conventions. It's really about the evolution of the C.I.A. - civilians trained for clandestine work - in this case in Europe - helping thwart the Nazis. Very patriotic in the conclusion. It's a film I am glad to have seen via the Kino Blu-ray - I'll watch Alan Ladd in most anything from the 40s - and the package has the highly informative Deighan commentary as a valued supplement. Certainly recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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