When an up-and-coming singer's career is jeopardized by morphine addiction, her brother takes on the ruthless dope pushers who are intent on keeping her hooked.

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Henri Werner - le frère de Liliane
Danièle Parola ...
Liliane Werner - une grande actrice dépendante de la drogue
Jean Worms ...
Louis Gordon
Jean Mercanton ...
Pierre
Jeanne Marie-Laurent ...
Madame Werner - la mère d'Henri et de Liliane
Monique Rolland ...
Dora Lind (as Monique Roland)
Raoul Aslan ...
Dr. Ourousseff
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Le bossu
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Le marquis d'Esquillon
Gaston Mauger ...
Le capitaine
Lucien Callamand ...
Le détective
Henry Bonvallet ...
Le commissaire (as Henry Bonvalet)
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When an up-and-coming singer's career is jeopardized by morphine addiction, her brother takes on the ruthless dope pushers who are intent on keeping her hooked.

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One of life's little ironies
19 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

One can only imagine what Peter Lorre, who had been a morphine addict since 1928 (during which time he had become an internationally acclaimed film star), made of this hystrionic anti-drug thriller in which he was cast as a wicked pusher who will stop at nothing to keep an innocent young singer as his client. As in most films in which he was cast as the putative villain, he's by far the most attractive and interesting creature in sight. His flashy pinstripes and spats (meant to mark him as a member of the criminal class) look good on him, as does his shaved head, a style that he would sport to even more advantage a few years later in "Mad Love."


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