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The Green Glove
Alternate Title: The White Road
Director: Rudolph Maté (Dir)
Release Date:   28 Feb 1952
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 31 Jan 1952
Production Date:   mid-Apr--late Jul 1951 at the Victorine Studios, Nice, France
Duration (in mins):   88-89
Duration (in feet):   8,420
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Cast:   Glenn Ford (Michael Blake)  
    Geraldine Brooks (Chris Kenneth)  
    Sir Cedric Hardwicke (Father Goron)  
    George Macready (Count Paul Rona)  
    Gaby Andre (Gaby Saunders)  
    Jany Holt (Countess Marie Duvarre)  
    Roger Treville (Inspector Faubert)  
    Juliette Gréco (Singer)  
    Georges Tabet (Jacques Plotet)  
    Meg Lemonnier (Madame Plotet)  
    Paul Bonifas (Inspector)  
    Jean Bretonniere (Singer)  

Summary: In the village of St. Elizar in the south of France, Father Goron hears the church bells ring for the first time since the church's prized artifact, the green Gauntlet of St. Elizar, was stolen years earlier during World War II. As the villagers race to the church, the priest discovers a dead man in the bell tower. Years earlier, just after the Allied invasion of France in 1944, American paratrooper Lt. Michael Blake flees into an abandoned Parisian building and discovers German art dealer Count Paul Rona. When Michael tries to arrest the German, Rona bargains for his life with the information that the German Army will attack at dawn, and with a bejeweled green glove which he places in Michael's backpack. Before Michael can respond, a bomb explodes and he is knocked out by falling rubble. He wakes to find that an underground agent named the Countess and her concierge, Pierre, have rescued him and brought him back to their chateau. Michael insists that they send the Countess's son, Robert, to inform the Allies about the impending German attack. While they wait for Robert's return, they hear that the Germans are retreating, and Michael realizes Rona duped him. Soon after, friends arrive bearing Robert's dead body, and the Countess collapses in grief. Michael despondently prepares to leave, insisting that they keep his bag as payment for their help. Years later, Michael returns to Paris, hoping to retrieve the green glove and sell it. On the Eiffel Tower, tour guide Chris Kenneth helps him escape from a stranger chasing him, Conrad Verno. When he sees her later that night at a bar, they spend the evening together. Before the night's end, however, Verno's dead body is discovered in Michael's hotel room. Although both Michael and Chris claim that they don't know him, police Inspector Faubert reveals a sketch of Michael that was found in Verno's coat. He leaves Michael under observation, but when the guard goes on break the next day, Michael races to the train station. Faubert, who has anticipated this, has him followed, as does Rona, who is also searching for the glove and has discovered Michael's presence in France. Chris surprises Michael by ascertaining his escape plan and joining him on the train. She demands to know what is happening, and although Michael is silent, she swears to stand by him. Soon, they realize they are being followed and flee the train, while onboard, Rona's spy, Pepe, kills Faubert's detective. The next day, Michael locates the Countess's chateau and blames himself for its ruin. Inside, Rona appears with four henchmen and informs them that they are suspected of the detective's murder. His men grab Chris and attack Michael, who fights valiantly until a police siren sounds outside. Rona's men flee and Michael falls off a window ledge into the hidden rooms of the Countess and Pierre, who have already rescued Chris. When Pierre returns Michael's bag to him, the Countess, who still believes that Robert will return, sees the gauntlet and snaps back to reality, sobbing with grief. Michael, guilt-stricken, insists that he and Chris leave immediately. By nightfall, a sudden rain forces them to take shelter at an inn, where he sees Chris's picture in the newspaper. When he tells her he is going to turn himself in to save her, she kisses him and locks him in to her room. The next day, he sends her to Monte Carlo, and then instructs her to find Rona at a casino and trick him into following Michael while he returns the gauntlet to the church. She is then to call Faubert, spurring the inspector to catch Rona as he tries to steal the glove. Although the plan depends on intricate timing, Chris is easily intimidated by Rona and reveals Michael's plan too quickly. She is abducted by Pepe while Rona and his men chase Michael. Rona pursues Michael across the cliffs below the church, but Michael manages to scale the church wall and ring the bells. Rona runs up the bell tower but, just as he is accidentally shot by his goons, the bells alert Father Goron and cause the henchmen to run. As the priest inspects the bell tower, noting Rona's dead body, Michael sneaks down and replaces the glove. Outside, he is stopped by Faubert, who has rescued Chris and arrested Rona's men. Michael and Chris embrace as the townspeople rejoice over the gauntlet's miraculous return. 

Production Company: Benagoss Productions, Inc.  
Production Text: In cooperation with Union Generale Cinematographique
Distribution Company: United Artists Corp.  
Director: Rudolph Maté (Dir)
  Gilbert Mandelik (1st asst dir)
  Harold Clifton (Dial dir)
  Louis Pascal (2d unit dir)
Producer: Georges Maurer (Prod)
  Detmar Walter (Assoc prod)
Writer: Charles Bennett (Orig story and scr)
Photography: Claude Renoir (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Alexandre Trauner (Art dir)
Film Editor: Louis H. Sackin (Supv film ed)
  Lola Barache (Film ed)
  Henry Rogers Benjamin (Ed supv)
Costumes: Rosine Delamare (Cost des by)
Music: Joseph Kosma (Mus)
Sound: Jean De Bretagne (Sd rec)
Make Up: Jean Clement (Hair creations)
  Paul Dean (Makeup artist)
Production Misc: Pierre Laurent (Prod mgr)
Country: France and United States
Language: English

Songs: "Have No Regrets," music by Joseph Kosma, lyrics by Henri Bassis; "Romance" and "L'Amour Est Partir," music and lyrics by Joseph Kosma.
Composer: Henri Bassis
  Joseph Kosma

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Benagoss Productions, Inc. 15/2/1952 dd/mm/yyyy LP1577

PCA NO: 15453
Physical Properties: Sd: Western Electric Recording
  b&w:

 
Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Postwar life
 
Subjects (Major): Art dealers
  False accusations
  France
  Gloves
  Robbery
  Veterans
 
Subjects (Minor): Aristocracy
  Bells
  Bombs
  Casinos
  Catacombs
  Churches
  Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)
  Inns
  Falls from heights
  Mothers and sons
  Murder
  Newspapers
  Police inspectors
  Priests
  Romance
  Secret plans
  Spies
  Tour guides
  Trains
  World War II

Note: The working title of this film was The White Road . The opening credits list the "G. T. C. Laboratory Nice-Paris" as the post-production house. The film was filmed primarily on location in Paris and parts of southern France, including Monte Carlo. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   9 Feb 1952.   
Daily Variety   28 Jan 1952.   
Film Daily   30 Jan 52   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   20 Apr 51   p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter   1 Jun 51   p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Jul 51   p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter   25 Jul 51   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   6 Sep 51   p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter   28 Jan 1952.   
Los Angeles Examiner   26 Jan 1952.   
New York Times   24 Apr 52   p. 38.
Variety   30 Jan 52   p. 6.

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