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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Fernand Maubert
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Philippe Lodocq
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Madeleine Saincaize
George Cole ...
Marc, detective
John Carol ...
Jean Louis / Alfred Louis
Harold Lang ...
Belfort, the pickpocket
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Maurice Denham ...
Colonel de la Roche
John Salew ...
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Monique
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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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1 December 1949 (UK)  »

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Great performances, tension, and atmosphere.
19 October 2013 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual film from the highly-rated Robert Hamer containing two superb performances from Eric Portman and the statuesque Guy Rolfe. Rolfe is a revelation in that he is in no way overshadowed by Portman and his physical presence dominates his scenes. The script matches the performances and the locations, direction, lighting, and camera-work ensure is it wholly convincing throughout. Set in France just before and during the Great War, there are some truly tense and suspenseful scenes and the film holds you from start to finish. It is a picture which, because of its unusual atmosphere and setting, together with the performances and story-line, stays with you. The last two scenes are touching and beautifully played. Why more was not made of Guy Rolfe's talent and presence by giving him more prime roles in his career is a mystery to me. Try not to miss this one.


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