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To the Victor(1948)

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This film marked Viveca Lindfors' American film debut and the motion picture debut of Denise Darcel. A April 19, 1948 article in Time notes that the film was made in France with "36,000 French-frozen Warner dollars." According to a September 21, 1947 New York Times report, director Delmer Daves shot two-thirds of the exteriors in France with the principal actors. The other third of the exteriors were static closeups, which were used as process shots in the background. At Omaha Beach in Normandy, for example, the arrival and departure of the actors was shot at low tide in order to reveal the tanks and ships abandoned during the invasion. Plates were then made while the tide was still out and were used behind the actors in closeups, so that the production would not be disrupted by tidal changes. Daves also used French doubles in some of the Parisian long shots. The New York Times review commented unfavorably on the obvious differences between the location scenes in Paris and Normandy and the rest of the film, which was shot on a sound stage.