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Secrets of the French Police (1932)

Passed  |   |  Crime  |  2 December 1932 (USA)
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A burglar is recruited to aid the police in finding his kidnapped girlfriend, a lovely but impoverished flower girl. Meanwhile, a deranged Russian emigre has been claiming that his ward is ... See full summary »


(as Edward Sutherland)


(screen play), (screen play), 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Gwili Andre ...
Gregory Ratoff ...
Han Moloff
François St. Cyr
John Warburton ...
Leon Renault
Christian Rub ...
Anton Dorain
Murray Kinnell ...
Arnold Korff ...
Grand Duke Maxim
Kendall Lee ...
Rena Harka
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A burglar is recruited to aid the police in finding his kidnapped girlfriend, a lovely but impoverished flower girl. Meanwhile, a deranged Russian emigre has been claiming that his ward is actually Princess Anastasia, last survivor of the Tsar's family--but she seems to behave strangely in the presence of flowers. Written by David S. Smith

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The story of a daring and audacious scheme of intrigue and murder that shocked Paris. Based on an actual adventure of Bertillon and revealed for the first time in thrilling drama. See more »




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Release Date:

2 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Segredos da Polícia Francesa  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Cops and robber join forces in tired mystery.
18 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Secrets of the French Police is a horror crime hybrid that muddles early and never really recovers. The story revolves around a plot by an ex patriot Russian (Gregory Ratoff) trying to pull off an Anastasia scam to get his hands on Romanoff cash. Joining forces with a thief, French police set a trap to expose fraud.

As inspector St. Cyr, Frank Morgan chains smokes and forgoes an accent while Ratoff sounds like he is fresh out of the Lugosi school. John Warburton in the key role of the second story man lacks charm and comes across smug in the process negating the decent work done by Gwili Andre as his girl and the phony Anastasia.

Police has some jarringly violent and ghoulish moments along with a cynical grittiness in which the law employs illegal means to solve its case but director Ed Sutherland's anemic direction wavers between genres and ultimately fails at both.

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