Back from a stay in the Far East, a woman who knew the names of the chiefs of a drug ring is murdered. Georges Masse, the famous reporter, decides to investigate, accompanied by his ... See full summary »
Back from a stay in the Far East, a woman who knew the names of the chiefs of a drug ring is murdered. Georges Masse, the famous reporter, decides to investigate, accompanied by his faithful photographer P'tit Louis. He will come across some unappetizing characters like M. Dubois, a killer, Luigi Costelli, a dangerous trafficker and a beautiful but dubious lady, Suzanne Wilson. After being himself suspected, Masse will make the truth triumph. Written by
Did you ever wonder who was the French equivalent of Cary Grant? It was Raymond Rouleau. They had height, elegance and imperturbability in common; they were even born the same year, 1904. This film by Hunebelle shows Rouleau's abilities off pretty well, but I have to say the wisecracks and the physical comedy are well below the Hollywood standard that Grant exemplified for so many years. If this is a Michel Audiard script, it's not up to the high standard of his best work.
If you care, there is a gangster named Costelli who has made lots of money in the drug trade out of Indochina (it's the 50's, remember?) and a woman turns up dead in Georges Masse's apartment, and the police suspect him. I was busy admiring Martine Carol's lovely face and body for most of the running time.
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