A very sweet French maid runs away with, and marries a professional burglar with hopes of making him honest.

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Alfred Hitchcock - Host
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David Chesterman
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Marie Petit
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Karl Gault
Gertrude Flynn ...
Ethel Chesterman
Cathleen Cordell ...
Mrs. Spaulding
Joan Houseman ...
Mrs. Fllingston
Elizabeth Thompson ...
The Student's Girl
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ...
The College Student (as Ronnie R. Rondell)
Hinton Pope ...
The Cab Driver
Hal Bokar ...
The Reporter
Syl Lamont ...
The Photographer
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David Chesterman is kissing his family's French maid when his mother returns to their mansion. His mother immediately fires Marie, so young David counters he's leaving with her, to be married. Snorting that she won't be at the wedding, mother trickles 60 cents from her purse to the floor, for a wedding gift. Marie loves hot-tempered David, so she embraces the off-the-cuff proposal - and the immediate problems which come with it. David's friend Karl is charmed by Marie and eager to fill in jobless David's resume gaps for her: David is a professional jewel thief, who served a year in prison. Karl, a Beverly Hills wigmaker, omits his role in David's profession: Karl cases his customers, then sics David on them. The older Karl's been divorced four times, so Marie's self-sacrificing love for David, turns Karl's bitterness into a consuming jealousy. Written by David Stevens

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25 January 1963 (USA)  »

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When David and Marie park in front of Karl's wig shop we see his name is misspelled on the lettering as "Karl Gualt Fine Wigs". See more »

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Tepid, Apart from the Cast
7 July 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

No need to recap the plot, which is pretty spotty anyway.

Robert Redford is a violence prone sneak thief? I had to rub my eyes and check the cast list several times. Okay, it's still early in his spectacular career, but the thuggish role does take some getting used to. Happily, he's at least partially redeemed by true love for sweet French maid Marie (Lampert). If only he could tame his temper and get a real job. Actress Lampert was definitely unique in her movie personalities (check out, Let's Scare Jessica to Death, {1971}). Here I kept shouting for her to leave the wayward David (Redford), but I guess she didn't hear me. Then there's sinister Barry Morse about the time he started hounding poor Richard Kimball in The Fugitive (1963-67). Here he's a scheming seller of stolen goods, also making goo-goo eyes at Marie. So, what's the innocent Marie doing hanging around with these two no-goodniks, anyway.

The cast is the main attraction since the storyline doesn't generate much suspense or mood. There is a patchy plot line, but curiously it's underwritten. Then too, the climax is rather puzzling, at least for me. But I think there's some depth to it if you think about it. I'm just sorry the script didn't sharpen the ironies for us slower folks. Anyway, aside from the cast, it's a pretty tepid entry.


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