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Open Door to the Sea / The Great Temptation

Open Door to the Sea / The Great Temptation

A Feature film by Marcel L'Herbier

Produced by Alliance Productions

Release in France : 23/10/1936

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Actors (12)

Production and distribution (3)

Film exports/foreign sales :

Roissy Films


Captain Vilette (Victor Francen), the recently-appointed commander of the Naval officer's school where his son (Jean-Pierre Aumont) is a cadet. The younger Vilette becomes involved in his dad's personal affairs when the Captain falls in love with a very-married American heiress (Marcel Chantal). Hoping that the Captain will marry the gorgeous woman -- after she divorces her husband of course -- Vilette Jr. arranges an elopement in a "borrowed" navy plane. This results in an apparent tragedy, for which the duty-bound Vilette holds his son responsible. On the verge of court-martial and disgrace, the young man is saved and the Captain is able to marry his sweetheart. Much of La Porte du Large was filmed on location at the Ecole Navale at Brest.

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Full credits (11)

Assistant directors :

Eve Francis, Jaque-Catelain

Author of original work :

Charles Spaak

Director of Photography :

Armand Thirard

Production Manager :

Simon Schiffrin

Production Designer :

Guy de Gastyne

Costume designer :

Jacques Manuel

Dialogue Writer :

Marcel L'Herbier

Screenwriters :

Charles Spaak, Marcel L'Herbier, Albert Valentin

Camera Operator :

Louis Née

Editor :

Henri Rust

Music Composers :

Michel Michelet, Pierre Chagnon

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Feature film

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Drama, Adventure

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 45 min

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