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When bored courtesan Zelie de Chaumet begs her lover, the corrupt and powerful Stetz, to take her slumming, the pair encounter Pierre Boucheron, alias 'The Rat' , boy-king of the Paris ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Ivor Novello ... Pierre Boucheron
Mae Marsh ... Odile Etrange
Isabel Jeans ... Zelie de Chaumet
Robert Scholtz Robert Scholtz ... Herman Stetz
James Lindsay James Lindsay ... Detective Caillard
Marie Ault ... Mere Colline
Julie Suedo Julie Suedo ... Mou Mou
Hugh Brook Hugh Brook ... Paul
Esme Fitzgibbons Esme Fitzgibbons ... Madeleine Sornay
Lambart Glasby Lambart Glasby ... American
Iris Grey Iris Grey ... Rose


When bored courtesan Zelie de Chaumet begs her lover, the corrupt and powerful Stetz, to take her slumming, the pair encounter Pierre Boucheron, alias 'The Rat' , boy-king of the Paris underworld, and the innocent Odile. Love, life and jewels are risked and lost in this powerful romantic melodrama as the four characters' lives are changed by this chance encounter for ever. Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Release Date:

1 February 1926 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rat of Paris See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stetz locks the door significantly behind him as he comes into the Rat's lodging. But Odile makes a brief escape from him a few minutes later through that same door, which is now unlocked. See more »


Referenced in Partners in Crime: The Sunningdale Mystery (1983) See more »

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I very much want to get a copy of this famous movie..... but I can recommend Novello in anything!
10 May 2009 | by RozindaSee all my reviews

I can't really vote on the quality of this movie as I haven't yet seen it but I can guess it will be 9 or 10 out of 10. I can tell you there is a splendid old book by Phyllis Bottome based on this movie which of course was based on Novello's (and another's) own stage play in which he also starred and was sensational then too.

Novello is undoubtedly one of the most attractive stars of show business. I remember hearing about him when I was a young child and he was starring in London in King's Rhapsody. He was hugely popular. I have seen his third Rat movie, which I hear is not as good as the earlier two but it is still great fun and he is still stunning. I have seen his brilliant movie the Lodger (directed by Hitchcock of course) in which Novello is simply amazing and the quintessential matinée idol. I have seen one Valentino movie and I did not find Valentino as exciting as Novello - however I have not yet seen The Sheik movies which I am ordering shortly... I've also seen Novello in a talkie version of the Lodger, which though not as good as the original and the quality of the print was poor, it is wonderful to hear this great man's voice and watch him play piano. Yes, he did a great deal more than star in a few movies! If The Rat is not as good in its different way as the Lodger, I will be very surprised. But WHERE CAN I GET A COPY of The Rat and the first sequel?

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