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Gabrielle Vermorel
George Thorpe ...
Sen. Philipe Renault
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Margot
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Georges Vermorel
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Madame Vernorel
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Count de Brissac
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Prefect of Police
James Harcourt ...
Henri - the Butler
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A young man makes his living in Paris in 1900 by fighting duels on behalf of other parties. He is hired to injure a leading politician and starts to get involved with a girl he uses to provoke the challenge. One newspaper, hostile to the politician, headlines the story of the impending duel asking who this Madame X is. Problem is, she is in fact the daughter of the paper's proprietor if only he knew it. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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17 February 1947 (UK)  »

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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 22 November 1953 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Tuesday 20 April 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2). In San Francisco it made its television debut Wednesday 14 September 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

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I Guess I'm Not the Type
Sung by Lind Joyce
Music by Mischa Spoliansky (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Musel
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An Unusual Profession
27 August 2017 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

William Eythe is a professional duelist in fin-de-siecle Paris. If you want your wife's lover put out of action for a precise length of time, so you can win back her affections, he'll injure him with that in mind. It's a peculiar business model, but one that keeps him and his man-of-business Stanley Holloway in a comfortable, if erratic living. However, while work one job, he winds up rescuing Hazel Court from a wrecked roller-coaster. When she faints before giving him her address, he takes her home. She returns, the next day, to her father, the newspaper baron's wrath.

Complications ensue, as they do in a comedy, and the players are up to the task, including some very reliable comic actors, including Margaret Rutherford, Basil Sydney and Wilfred Hyde-White. To add to the piquancy of this movie, they are all performing outside of the sort of roles in which they would soon be typecast, and acquitting themselves strongly. In all, it's an odd if pleasing romantic comedy.


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