The Impostor (1944 film)

The Impostor (a.k.a. Bayonet Charge and Strange Confession) is a 1944 American drama war film directed by Julien Duvivier starring Jean Gabin.[1]

The Impostor
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Produced byJulien Duvivier
Written byJulien Duvivier
Stephen Longstreet
Marc Connelly
Lynn Starling
StarringJean Gabin
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
CinematographyPaul Ivano
Edited byPaul Landres
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 1944 (1944-01-27) (Washington, D.C.)
  • February 10, 1944 (1944-02-10) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States


Clement (Gabin), a condemned murderer literally minutes away from the guillotine, is "liberated" when the Nazis bomb the French jail that holds him. During his escape he steals the uniform and identification papers of a dead French soldier. He then hides from the law by joining the Free French Forces in French Equatorial Africa. Clement's new identity and purpose in life reform him. In the end he sacrifices himself in service of his country.



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