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Le couteau sous la gorge (1955)

Pacos Le Maltais, leader of a gang,lays down the law on the quay of Marseille .He fires one of his henchmen ,Le Chinois ,who killed a woman during the last bank stickup.

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Marc Hourtin
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Mado
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Pacos le Maltais
Yves Deniaud ...
Le commissaire Lussac
Michèle Cordoue ...
Nora
Henri San Juan ...
Rolf Holzer dit 'Le chinois'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrice Bergerac ...
Son of Marc Hourtin
Claude Bertrand ...
Machecoul
Antoine Bourseiller ...
Un inspecteur (as Bourseiller)
Yves Brainville ...
Inspecteur Aubier
Jean Brunel
Janine Caire
Jean-Henri Chambois ...
Deville (as J H Chambois)
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Barenti - le vigile de la banque (as Paul Demanges)
Micheline Gary ...
Simone Hourtin
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Pacos Le Maltais, leader of a gang,lays down the law on the quay of Marseille .He fires one of his henchmen ,Le Chinois ,who killed a woman during the last bank stickup.To find money ,with his girlfriend,Le Chinois plots to kidnap a physician's little boy.They demand 5 million Francs to return their hostage .The doctor tries not to get the police involved in the affair,but the secondary school headmaster ,who feels responsible for the abduction, calls the captain.Formerly ,the physician treated Pacos,without accepting any money.The gangster's wife, a former nurse , had helped the surgeon.Pacos won't forget what the poor father has done for him. Written by dbdumonteil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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29 November 1955 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Het mes op de keel  »

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2.35 : 1
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Ransom!
6 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Although Madeleine Robinson plays the female lead ,her appearances do not exceed 15 minutes and it's rather a "special guest star " performance. Another mystery is why the headmaster of a posh school should let one of his pupils go with the first to come (a heavily made-up Robinson)under the pretext that his mother has had an accident!

The abducted child is a subject as old as the hills,and this one does not really renew it.The only original thing is that the distraught father , who fears that if the police had to be brought in,it could endanger his son's life ,asks some help from the underworld ;once he saved a gangster who could not have an operation in a hospital;and the gangster's moll -a former nurse!-abets dad.


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