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The Reluctant Spy (1963)

L'honorable Stanislas, agent secret (original title)
Stanislas Dubois is the manager of a successful advertising agency. One day, he comes up against an imposing woman who foists on him a cumbersome painting by Cézanne.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ursula Keller
Maurice Teynac ...
Alfred Thirios
Colonel Derblay, chef des renseignements généraux
Gaia Germani ...
Marcelle Arnold ...
Mlle Morin
Christian Marin ...
Valerio Tordi
F. Florio
Luciana Paoli
Pierre Moncorbier ...
Le faux prédicateur
La grand-mère de Stanislas
Jean-Pierre Vaguer
Louis Arbessier ...
Le directeur du musée
Fred Fisher ...
Martin, l'agent anglais assassiné


Stanislas Dubois is the manager of a successful advertising agency. One day, he comes up against an imposing woman who foists on him a cumbersome painting by Cézanne.

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4 September 1963 (France)  »

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17 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

The first of two movies ,based on the Monsieur Stanislas ,an advertising executive overtaken by events ,who wants to lead a peaceful life but is involved ,like the hero of "north by northwest",in a spy story :like him,he lives with mother (and grandmother).

It was the time Jean Marais was relinquishing the sword of the swashbucklers for the broader horizons of the spy thriller;Hitchcock's influence ("stagefright" "the man who knew too much") shows now and there but the characters are often funny : hats off to veteran Noel Roquevert and his syringe;Genevieve Page,who was fluent in English and worked with Wilder ,Cukor and Daves ,is an elegant leading lady who in her native country never got the parts she deserved.

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