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Agent 38-24-36 (1964)
"Une ravissante idiote" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  13 March 1964 (France)
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A Russian spy is supposed by the British Secret Service to steal some faked orders, but he is to stupid to succeed. His girlfriend tries to help him, but it seems he is to foolish to succeed.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope 'Penny' Lightfeather
Harry Compton / Nicolas Sergueievitch Miloukne
Grégoire Aslan ...
Jean-Marc Tennberg ...
Inspector Cartwright
Hans Verner ...
Donald Farrington
Jacques Monod ...
Surgeon - the chauffeur
Hélène Dieudonné ...
Charles Millot ...
Fedor Alexandrovitch Balaniev
Jacques Hilling ...
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Paul Demange ...
Le directeur de la banque
Frederica Layne ...
Maud Smith (as Fredrika Layne)
Annick Allières ...
Eléonore - la serveuse du Lion's
Dominique Page ...
Robert Murzeau ...
Jacques Dynam ...
Le sergent de police


Harry Compton, a naive young man, is dismissed by the bank in which he worked. Desperately in need of a job, he agrees to become a Soviet spy. Assigned with the mission to steal the "Avalanche" secret file from Sir Dumfrey, he gets to know Penny, a ravishing but somewhat dumb dressmaker. The young woman spontaneously offers to help Harry in his actions. But they are pursued by bad luck. What's more, they keep accumulating blunders. To make matters worse, the MI6 has learned of the operation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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13 March 1964 (France)  »

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Agent 38-24-36  »

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Italian censorship visa # 42464 delivered on 7-3-1964. See more »


Referenced in Carnaby, M.D. (1966) See more »

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Great chemistry between Bardot and Perkins.
11 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I bought Une Ravissante Idiote to get a chance to see Anthony Perkins speak French - while his accent sounds fairly Anglo-American, it's not too noticeable. Perkins is Harry Compton, a spy set out on a mission to steal some confidential papers from Sir Reginald Dumfrey. Harry's in love with Penelope Lightfeather, whom is coincidentally the seamstress for Dumfrey's wife. Penelope is the inspiration for the title The Ravishing Idiot, as she is not exactly bright. At all.

Brigitte Bardot does a good job as Penelope, as she perfectly captures her aloofness and naiveté. However, she has this terribly strange laugh. That aside it's plain to see why Harry Compton is simply head over heels for Penelope, she's gorgeous and sweet - despite her lack of intelligence. He thinks to himself "She is an idiot, but you love her. You always wanted an English family. She is not English..."

The humor in this film is odd, and just plain silly. But Anthony Perkins is absolutely delightful and charismatic, and the situations in this film are interesting. A nice film to see if you are fans of Bardot and Perkins who work well together (albeit not getting along off-screen), but otherwise I'm reluctant to recommend it to the latter.

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