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Louis de Rochemont
Louis de Rochemont

Born in Chelsea. MA in 1899, the man whose monthly documentaries would reach millions in for two decades shot his first newsreel at age 12. His professional, insightful and snappy March of Time newsreels defined film news from 1935-51. Attracted to Seacoast, NH by family genealogy, Louis de Rochemont and his wife screen writer Virginia Shaler settled in Newington at "Blueberry Hill" on the Piscataqua River. Snubbing Hollywood studios, he chose to produce films based on real stories in actual locations, often with locals in the cast. After three spy films that helped define film noir, he produced an eclectic array of feature films, including three shot near his home town. He was an early pioneer in cinerama, did not shy away from such controversial topics as race and labor relations, and often experimented with unknown and theater- trained actors. He also cast top names including Vivian Leigh, James Cagney, Leo G. Carroll, Dorothy Gish, plus newcomers like Lloyd Bridges, Ernest Borgnine and Warren Beatty. Considered experimental and a maverick by Hollywood, he has been called the "father of the docu-drama." His early documentary productions won two Academy Awards. His insistence on depicting the dangerous regime of dictator Hitler prior to WW2 caused some to label him a Nazi sympathizer. He died in the Seacoast region in 1978 survived by a daughter and a son. His wife lived in Portsmouth until her death in 1985. - JDR

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The Films of Louis de Rochemont

The House on 92nd Street
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The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Lloyd Nolan, William Eythe, Leo G. Carroll, Signe Hasso
An American double agent and an FBI agent team up to track down Nazi spies seeking to steal the formula for the atomic bomb
Lost Boundaries
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Lost Boundaries (1949)
Mel Ferrer, Beatrice Pearson, Richard Hylton, Canada Lee
A New Hampshire family with African-American heritage "passes" as white in this early race film based on a true story. (Read our Summary)
13 Rue Madeleine
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13 Rue Madeleine (1946)
James Cagney, Annabella, EG Marshall, Karl Malden
James Cagney is up against a German "mole" and is forced to go after him in this OSS spy thriller with a documentary flavor
Animal Farm
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Animal Farm (1955)
George Orwell's totalitarian barnyard vision transformed into the first feature length British cartoon. See the new Hallmark TV version starring Hensen Creatures

Martin Luther
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Martin Luther (1953)
Niall MacGinnis
Irving Pichel acted in and directed this history of the Protestant Reformation later reprised with Stacey keach in the title role.
The Roman Spring
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The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
Vivian Leigh, Warren Beatty, Jill St. John, Lotte Lenya
Actress Karen Stone is considered past her prime when she meets a young handsome man named Paola on a Roman holiday

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The Films of Louis de Rochemont

Whistle at Eaton Falls
Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
Lloyd Bridges, Ernest Borgnine, Anne Francis, Dorothy Gish
Doubleday Plastics in NH is at the crossroads, and when a labor leader takes over management, a wild cat strike threatens the whole town.
Walk East on Beacon!
Walk East on Beacon! (1952)
George Murphy, Finlay Currie, Virginia Gilmore
Watch real G-man capture spies in this real life drama about the workings of the FBI. Shot in Boston and Seacoast NH area.
Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich (1958)
Using Cinemagic technology, the documentary team follows a Norwegian square rigger across the Atlantic to Portsmouth, NH and South America
Cinerama Holiday
Cinerama Holiday (1955)
Tour the USA with the miracle of cinerama with two typical American couples with a score by Morton Gould.
Boomerang! (1947)
Dana Andrews, Jane Wyatt, Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden
One of many movies with this title, de Rochemont's version was directed by Elia Kazan about a priest murdered in Connecticut
The Fighting Lady
The Fighting Lady (1944)
Academy Award winning WW2 documentary on the Navy directed by William Wylie (Funny Girl, Ben-Hur, Collector) and narrated by Robert Taylor.
March of Time March of Time (1935-51)
Starring just about every famous person in the world as seen through the direction of Lois de Rochemont, Time/Life Magazine and with the booming voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. These highly produced segments ran in 50,000 movie theaters with new shows every four weeks and shaped the way Americans saw the world and the world saw Amerce.
Inside Nazi Germany
March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany (1938)
Special feature coming March of Time shorts and re-issued on Embassy.
Show Business at War
Show Business at War (1943)
Special feature coming March of Time shorts and re-issued on Embassy.
We Are the Marines
We Are the Marines (1942)
Full length fighting feature documentary produced and directed by March of Time’s Louis de Rochemont
Ramparts We Watch
The Ramparts We Watch (1940)
John Adair, Andrea King
Documentary directed by de Rochemont and re-issued as part the Embassy series.

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The Films of Louis de Rochemont

  • March of Time theater newsreels (1935-1951)
  • March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany (1938)
  • The Ramparts We Watch (1940)
  • We Are the Marines (1942)
  • Show Business at War (1943)
  • The Fighting Lady (1944)
  • The House on 92nd Street (1945)
  • 13 Rue Madeleine (1946)
  • Boomerang! (1947)
  • Lost Boundaries (1949)
  • Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951)
      also called Richer Than the Earth
  • Walk East on Beacon! (1952)
      also The Crime of the Century
  • Martin Luther (1953)
  • Cinerama Holiday (1955)
  • Animal Farm (1955)
  • Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich, (1958)
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
      also Widow and the Gigolo

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