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Secrets of Monte Carlo (1951)

Passed  -  Crime | Romance  -  20 June 1951 (USA)
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An Eastern potentate, the Rajah of Bandor (Charles Lung), and his American bride (Sue Casey), are robbed of a fortune in jewels on the Riviera, by a quartet of thieves led by Otto Von ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Warren Douglas ...
Bill Whitfield
Lois Hall ...
Susan Reeves
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Stella Strutzenbacher
Stephen Bekassy ...
Otto Von Herzen
Robin Hughes ...
Charles Reeves
Otto Waldis ...
Louis Gunther
Charles La Torre ...
Tony Retella
Philip Ahn ...
Wong
Isabel Randolph ...
Mrs. Gussy
Charles Lung ...
Rajah of Bandore
Sue Casey ...
Wife of Rajah
Georges Renavent ...
Inspector Marcel Remy
Bruce Lester ...
British Inspector
George Davis ...
Pierre
Howard Chuman ...
Ah Fong
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An Eastern potentate, the Rajah of Bandor (Charles Lung), and his American bride (Sue Casey), are robbed of a fortune in jewels on the Riviera, by a quartet of thieves led by Otto Von Herzen (Stephen Bekassy). The gang flees to Hong Kong, followed by Charles Reeves (Robin Hughes), British insurance investigator, and his sister, Susan ('Lois Hall' )qv)). Bill Whitfield (Warren Douglas), a none-too-bright American entrepreneur, gets involved with Stella Strutzenbacher (June Vincent), a flashy and stylish member of Herr Von Herzen's gang. The gang, already riddled with dissension, are easy pickings for Whitfield, Charles and Susan to capture and recover the Rajah's jewels. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Segredos de Monte Carlo  »

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Decent Republic film noir
10 March 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

1951's, SECRETS OF MONTE CARLO, comes to us from that seemingly endless supply of programmers that REPUBLIC STUDIOS churned out. This one has plenty of twists and turns packed into its 60 min run time.

This wild one starts with Warren Douglas as an American fireworks importer on his way to Hong Kong. He stops off at Monte Carlo for a day before continuing on his trip. While having a drink in the bar he meets a knockout of a dolly, June Vincent.

She chats him up and it turns out that they are both flying on to Asia. She asks if Douglas would mind taking a small suitcase on to the aircraft for her. It seems she is over the luggage weight allowed and would hate to leave anything behind. Douglas of course agrees. "Anything to help a lady."

Needless to say that something is perhaps rotten in Denmark! Vincent is really part of a group of high end jewel thieves. The gang has just pulled a major heist and need a patsy to run interference with the boys from customs.

Vincent meets Douglas at the airport and hands him a small case. She then excuses herself to the ladies room. Planted in the case are men's shirts, ties and one piece of the stolen jewels. Customs goes through the bag and quickly grabs up Douglas. The arrest of course allows one of the other thieves to pass through with the rest of the goods and board the plane.

Douglas is given the 3rd degree by the local constabulary and the detective from the jewel's insurance company. They decide that Douglas was used as a decoy and release him. He can continue on his way to Hong Kong on the next plane. Also on the plane go the insurance man, Robin Hughes, and his sister, Lois Hall.

The insurance company had gotten a cable saying a certain party in Hong Kong was willing to "return" the jewels for a third of the insured amount. That takes care of the first 30 mins of the film. They are not in Hong Kong a day, when insurance man Hughes is kidnapped by one faction of the jewel robbery gang.

It seems the gang's original plan of selling the jewels back to the insurance company does not sit well with some of them. Vincent and her cronies figure they will double-cross everyone and get a bigger split.

There are several rounds of flying fists and a couple of blazing gun-battles before Douglas rounds up the villains.

Ultra cheap fare that is better than i make it sound.

Directed by George Blair who turned out a few decent low-rent noir like, Exposed - 47, Unmasked - 50, Insurance Investigator - 51 and the very good Lonely Heart Bandits -50.


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