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Return from the Ashes (1965)

In Paris, a Polish gigolo marries a rich Jewish doctor and stands to inherit her estate when she is deported to Dachau by the Nazis.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Charles Bovard
Talitha Pol ...
Paul, Chess Club Manager
Jacques Cey ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
Jacques B. Brunius ...
1st Detective (as Jacques Brunius)
Jean Marc ...
2nd Detective
Andre Charisse ...
Restaurant Captain
Danièle Noël ...
Arnold Diamond ...
Franco De Rosa ...
Boy in Nightclub
Doreen Moore ...
Girl in Nightclub
Harriet Harper ...
Girl in Nightclub


Stanislaus Pilgrin, a Polish chess master and handsome gigolo, marries wealthy Jewish widow, Dr. Michele Wolf, an X-ray technician and has an affair with her step-daughter, Fabienne and then plots to murder them both in a scheme that will have him inherit their money. Written by alfiehitchie

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The water warm... the champagne chilled... the music soft... then the daydream ends... and the nightmare begins! See more »


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Release Date:

14 February 1966 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The Ingrid Thulin part was originally offered to Gina Lollobridiga. See more »


Dr. Michele 'Mischa' Wolf: Don't grovel. If I have to remember you at all I want to remember Stan the actor, the cynic, the complete bastard.
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True excellence. An amazing film.
6 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rare beauty of a film. (PLEASE release it on DVD). The film is a character study, and a masterful thriller. I saw on TV way back in the 60's and it has haunted me since. The opening scene, on a train, a boy is killed. The star ( the beautiful Ingrid Thulin) looks off in a "thousand-year" stare. She does not react to the tragedy. The camera pans back, and you see the number tattooed on her arm.

The film is shot, masterfully, in post-war Paris. People are just beginning to cope with life again, after the Nazi occupation. The Doctor returns to work, and her Husband (Maximilian Schell,in a career-defining role), hires her to impersonate his wife, whom he believes to be dead.

The gorgeous Samantha Eggar, slinks around the house. Oozing with sexuality, you drool over her character.

After some plot twists, including the fabled bath scene, you are drawn into the plot. The film continues with some nail-biting, and the conclusion is just fine.

I will scour my TV listings, and pray it comes back on!

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