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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reno Davis
Anne de Villemont
Général Sébastien Henri René de Villemont / Dr Morillon
Perrette Pradier ...
Geneviève Cluny ...
Maxine Audley ...
Mathilde Rosier
Ralph Michael ...
Claude de Gonde
Jacques Roux ...
Patience Collier ...
Gabrielle de Villemont
William Job ...
Peter Bayliss ...
Edmond Rosier
Barnaby Shaw ...
Paul de Villemont
Ave Ninchi ...
Signora Orragi
Renzo Palmer ...
Pietro Rossi - the false monk


Leschenhaut and Morillon are trying to organize a plot to overthrow the French government and set up a new fascist organization. Their plans are interrupted by Davis, an American boxer, tutor of young Paul de Villemont; in Villemont Manor he discovers the plot and, after the kidnapping of the boy, he travels to Rome, where the organization would exchange Paul with a list of members stolen by Davis to give to the press. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Release Date:

20 September 1968 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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The "Tixier" graffiti that Reno Davis (George Peppard passes twice on the riverbank refers to the real-life 'Jean-Louis Tixier-Vignancour', who contested the 1965 French presidential election for the far-right--which would have made him a popular choice for some of the movie's protagonists. See more »


House of Cards (Chateau de Cartes)
Lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Music by Francis Lai
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My Favourite Childhood Film
4 October 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

While living in South Africa my dad and I watched many classic films together, and those are special memories. We managed to record "House of Cards" using our very first VCR (in 1983) and I spent many evenings re-watching it until my brother recorded something over it... I was devastated and have been hoping to find it ever since.

Twenty years later I am still a fan and I give it 10/10 because that's my childhood-based feeling for it. No other film I've seen has stayed with me as intensely.

It's difficult to say exactly why I love this film because the memories are so old. My feelings include: excitement, curiosity, urgency, pleasure, amusement, fun, the motivation to see it may times and the crush I have had since on George Peppard! The images are a little mixed: I remember a boat on a lake, a car racing along a winding road and many desperate escapes. Also images of Paris and the Seine. Orson Welles is totally creepy. My visits to Italy have been influenced by scenes from the film - even visiting the Colosseum in Rome.

Hopefully my memories aren't too tainted by all the films I've seen since, if I come across this one again I'm keeping it far away from my brother.

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