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Babette Goes to War

Babette Goes to War

A Feature film by Christian-Jaque

Produced by Productions Iena, Les Films Ariane

Release in France : 18/09/1959

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Actors (30)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producers :

Productions Iena, Les Films Ariane

French distribution :

Columbia France

Film exports/foreign sales :

Editions René Château


It is June 1940.  France has fallen and the Germans are posed to invade England.  In this desperate hour, British Intelligence has recruited Babette, a pea-brained young woman who has just been evacuated from France.  The dim blonde bears a striking resemblance to a former mistress of General von Arenberg, the man responsible for the feared invasion.  The plan is that she will use her womanly charms to lure the General into an ambush.  Things soon go wrong when Babette is separated from her handsome associate, Gérard de Crécy, and ends up in the hands of the infamous Gestapo chief Shultz.  Coincidentally, the latter also wants to have von Arenberg out of the way, and realises that Babette is just the woman he needs…

Full credits (16)

Assistant directors :

Serge Vallin, Raymond Villette

Dialogue Writer :

Michel Audiard

Original ideas :

Raoul Levy, Gérard Oury

Director of Photography :

Armand Thirard

Camera Operator :

Louis Née

Editor :

Jacques Desagneaux

Production Designer :

Jean André

Still Photographer :

Paul Apoteker

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Jacques Emmanuel, Jean Ferry

Producer :

Raoul Levy

Screenwriters :

Gérard Oury, Raoul Levy

Sound Recordist :

William-Robert Sivel

Production managers :

Louis Wipf, Roger Debelmas

Continuity supervisor :

Simone Bourdarias

Music Composer :

Gilbert Bécaud

Location Manager :

Lucien Lippens

Technical details

Feature film

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War, Femininity

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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