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A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

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Eric Portman ...
Fernand Maubert
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Philippe Lodocq
Nadia Gray ...
Madeleine Saincaize
George Cole ...
Marc, detective
John Carol ...
Jean Louis / Alfred Louis
Harold Lang ...
Belfort, the pickpocket
Edward Chapman ...
Minister for War
Maurice Denham ...
Colonel de la Roche
John Salew ...
Minister's Secretary
May Hallatt ...
Monique
James Hayter ...
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Town Clerk
Patrick Young ...
Captain le Maitre
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Prefect at Amiens
Jeremy Spenser ...
Jacques, boy in church
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A clever and dedicated French police official, a cleverer master-thief whom he secretly admires, the woman loved by the official who is in love with the thief, at the outbreak of World War I.

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A New British Thriller of Crime, Detection and Suspense!


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A well paced police drama
26 January 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

A well cast and well paced police drama set in Paris just prior to WWI featuring Eric Portman as the professional and unemotional detective Fernand Maubert and his adversary the aristocratic gentleman thief and bank robber Philippe Lodocq played by the exceptionally tall Guy Rolfe. In some scenes I'm sure his lover, the demure Madeleine (Nadia Gray), is standing on something so as to kiss him. As the Hun approaches Paris, the French government tempts Philippe with a pardon and a wad of cash to do a little espionage. The film ends well with an unexpected twist. British film buffs should look out for a young George Cole (aka Arthur Daley)in the dual role as a trainee detective and actor. Also Arthur Lowe (Dad's Army) appears as a nervous town clerk. Note: This is not a film for those trying to quit smoking. In every scene every man smokes furiously and towards the end even the fair Madeleine lights up.


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