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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


    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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    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Full credits (11)

    Assistant directors :

    Ève 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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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Black & White

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