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Secrets of the French Police (1932)

Passed | | Crime | 2 December 1932 (USA)
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 »

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(as Edward Sutherland)

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Han Moloff
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François St. Cyr
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Leon Renault
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K-31
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Anton Dorain
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Bertillon
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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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2 December 1932 (USA)  »

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A francia rendőrség titka  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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strange and twisted, though disappointing
16 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

This film tries to cross Secrets of the Wax Museum with one of Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse series, and ultimately fails. Some of the editing and set shots are remarkable, but the beginning of the film, about Danton's widow, is a waste of time, and at the end, the pacing of the film just falls apart. The villain who turns young, beautiful women into statues is certainly a delicious and twisted plot turn, but too little is made of it. Nonetheless, even if the reach far exceeds the grasp, this is worth watching if you can find it.


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