Hotel Reserve

  • 1944
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Spy

A solid thriller with a fine cast is set on the Riviera during the summer before WW II exploded in Europe. Mason is an Austrian refugee, a medical student photographing marine life. He leaves a roll of film to be developed at a local shop but is soon contacted by French police who interrogate him, coming close to charging him with espionage. Mason is in...read more

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A solid thriller with a fine cast is set on the Riviera during the summer before WW II exploded in Europe. Mason is an Austrian refugee, a medical student photographing marine life. He leaves a roll of film to be developed at a local shop but is soon contacted by French police who

interrogate him, coming close to charging him with espionage. Mason is in shock when officials show him what has been developed from his roll of film--the military installations at Toulon. He protests, saying that the photographs he has taken are all of lizards, his special study. Mason must now

unravel the mystery to vindicate himself. He begins probing into the lives of the few guests at the small hotel, attempting to find the person who substituted the spy photos; this is the only way in which he can qualify for French citizenship. It's either that or deportation back to Nazi-occupied

Austria. Mason goes through a bevy of harrowing experiences, chiefly suspecting German tourist Miller as the spy. On the side, he becomes emotionally involved with Hamilton. Even the strange-acting Mannheim, who owns the small resort, becomes a prime suspect, but, in the end, Mason discovers the

agent to be the suave Lom whose seductive wife Medina has been making eyes in Mason's direction, only to further entrap him in a web of guilt. Just as he is about to close in on Lom, Mason is again arrested but escapes, chasing Lom, just as police had planned. The culprit is captured at the last

minute in a chilling chase, and Mason is exonerated, free to woo the attractive Hamilton and enjoy French citizenship, a dubious honor in that France would soon fall to Nazi domination. Mason's character here is sympathetic but feckless and, although he performs brilliantly, the actor never cared

much for the film. Released in England in 1944, the film did not do well at American box offices when shown in the U.S. two years later.

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