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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (original title)
A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christine
Colette Castel ...
Jean Obé ...
Botrel
Robert Castel ...
Georghiu
Jean Saudray ...
Poucet
Roger Caccia ...
M. Boudart
Maurice Barrier ...
Chaperon
Robert Dalban ...
Le faux livreur
Arlette Balkis
Tania Balachova
Paul Le Person ...
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Storyline

Two factions of the French Secret Service involve a seemingly normal orchestra player, Francois Perrin, into their battle as one side uses him as a decoy. Soon, agents are all over the place, and one of them, Christine, is sent to seduce Francois. Meanwhile, Francois has his own problems, tangled up in an affair with his best friend's wife. Written by Kumar

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goodbye blues, hello laughter

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Comedy | Mystery

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Release Date:

30 August 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Hands playing cards in the opening credits are those of Gérard Majax, who also plays a small role in the film. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: [watching footage of Perrin and Christine leaving for Rio at Orly Airport] When he comes back from Rio...
Perrache: Yes, sir?
Le colonel Louis Marie Alphonse Toulouse: And he *will* come back eventually... I want you to contact him. After all, he handles himself pretty well.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown on different playing cards. They 'magically' change when a magician's hand flips, turns, and waves his hands over the cards. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Sirba (Thème)
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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Hollywood flattery
1 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then Hollywood has paid homage to this Gallic gem. And, as usual, the original is better than the Hollywood copy.

The best description of this classic is the oxymoron: sophisticated slapstick. But there is much more. Like the category list suggests (comedy, mystery, and more) there's something for everybody, and you needn't be a Francophile to enjoy it.

Simply delightful!


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