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The Counterfeiters of Paris (1961)

Le cave se rebiffe (original title)
"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from ... See full summary »


Gilles Grangier


Michel Audiard (dialogue), Michel Audiard (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Ferdinand Maréchal dit 'Le Dabe'
Martine Carol ... Solange Mideau
Françoise Rosay ... Madame Pauline
Bernard Blier ... Charles Lepicard
Frank Villard ... Eric Masson (as Franck Villard)
Maurice Biraud ... Robert Mideau
Antoine Balpêtré ... Lucas Malvoisin
Ginette Leclerc ... Léa Lepicard
Gérard Buhr ... L'inspecteur de police Martin
Robert Dalban ... L'inspecteur Maffeux - de la Brigade des Moeurs
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Le commissaire Rémy
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Tauchmann
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Un graveur
Hélène Dieudonné ... Madame Mattia - la concierge
Clara Gansard Clara Gansard ... Georgette


"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from Paris to organize a new job. He says no. But when he finds out the the currency that should be counterfeited is the Dutch florin, he accepts immediately. He retired after having counterfeited 100 florin notes just before the Queen Wilhelmina retired them from circulation. He flies to Paris. But the gang is not to be trusted, at least not all of them. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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Comedy | Crime | Family


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The scenes taking place in South America were in fact shot in Normandy because Jean Gabin refused to go outside France. See more »


Charles Lepicard: Entre-nous Dab, une supposition, je dis bien une supposition, que j'ai un graveur, du papier et que j'imprime pour un milliard de bifton, en admettant, je dis bien que c'est toujours une supposition, en admettant que l'on soit cinq sur l'affaire, cela rapporterait net combien à chacun?
Ferdinand Maréchal dit 'Le Dabe': 20 ans de placard, les bénéfices cela se divise, la réclusion, cela s'additionne!
Charles Lepicard: Between us, Dab, an assumption, I mean an assumption, that I have an engraver, paper and that I print for a billion bifton, ...
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Ill-gotten gains never prosper
22 February 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

'Touchez-pas au Grisbi' was the first in the Max le Menteur trilogy of Albert Simonin. The film under review is the second and 'Les Tontons Flingueurs' the third. All three adaptations have dialogue by the great Michel Audiard. This is the eighth collaboration of director Gilles Grangier with the irrepressible Jean Gabin whose career had been revitalised by 'Grisbi' in 1956. He has here one of his best roles of the 1960's as a master counterfeiter.There is tremendous support from Bernard Blier, Frank Villard, Balpetre, Martine Carol, Ginette Leclerc and the imperious Francoise Rosay. It is Gabin who is gifted the best lines notably 'the greatest failed businesses are built on trust'! Extremely entertaining with never a dull moment. Comedy is a serious business of course but I would like to think that the cast had as much fun in making this film as I had in watching it.

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Release Date:

17 July 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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