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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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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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Robbery is a profession not a trade
1 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Police inspector Eric Portman (Maubert) is permanently on the case of gentleman thief Guy Rolfe (Philippe), who is a character similar to David Niven's gentleman thief in the original "Pink Panther" film. The film is set in France just before World War 1 and we watch Portman and Rolfe play out a cat-and-mouse game as various robberies are carried out. Nadia Gray (Madeleine) plays the love interest for our two male leads. She is part of Rolfe's crooked network and Portman is constantly at her to shatter Rolfe's alibis. An undercover operation finally finds Rolfe caught in the act but the outbreak of war leads to new priorities and Portman asks for his old adversary to be released from prison to assist France in stealing some important documents from Switzerland. The film then turns into a buddy-buddy movie as these two characters work together to complete their mission. Can they succeed?

I really enjoyed this film. The acting is good and Portman (representing detection) and Rolfe (representing crime) are extremely likable in their roles and play off each other with a camaraderie that will have you relishing in them working together in the latter part of the film. The dialogue is good throughout and not one scene is wasted. An amusing occasion occurs when Portman arrests Rolfe and they go into a bar on the way to jail to share a cognac together. Portman pays way in excess of the cost of the drink and when this is pointed out by the barmaid, he replies that it is for the glasses as well at which point both Portman and Rolfe smash their glasses onto the floor. It's amusing and it strengthens the bond between them. I dare you to try it next time you have a drink in a bar.

There are a couple of twists at the end which are quite moving. It's a good film to keep and watch again.


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