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A Scandal in Paris (1946)

Born in a French prison in 1775, François Eugène Vidocq becomes a professional thief and is later appointed chief of Parisian police.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

François-Eugène Vidocq (memoirs) (as Eugene Francois Vidocq), Ellis St. Joseph (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... Eugéne François Vidocq
Signe Hasso ... Therese De Pierremont
Carole Landis ... Loretta de Richet
Akim Tamiroff ... Emile Vernet
Gene Lockhart ... Prefect of Police Richet
Alma Kruger ... Marquise De Pierremont
Alan Napier ... Houdon De Pierremont
Jo Ann Marlowe Jo Ann Marlowe ... Mimi De Pierremont
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Uncle Hugo
Pedro de Cordoba ... Priest
Leona Maricle ... Owner of Dress Shop
Fritz Leiber ... Painter
Skelton Knaggs ... Cousin Pierre
Fred Nurney Fred Nurney ... Cousin Gabriel
Gisela Werbisek Gisela Werbisek ... Aunt Ernestine (as Gisella Werbiseck)
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Storyline

The autobiography of elegant criminal, François Eugène Vidocq, from his birth in a French jail in 1775 to his appointment as chief of police of Paris where he intends to rob the city bank. Along the way, he escapes from jail with Emile, who becomes his partner in crime, poses as a lieutenant to rob a showgirl of her ruby garter, and steals the jewels of a marquise in whose home he's a guest. He's also posed as an artist's model for a portrait of St. George (Emile's face is the dragon's), and the marquise's granddaughter falls in love first with his visage and then him. Can she help him slay his own dragons, especially when the showgirl reappears and the bank vault beckons? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Every man has his price... and every woman pays it.


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Vidocq See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1946 with Akim Tamiroff reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Eugéne François Vidocq: What is the trouble madame?
Marquise De Pierremont: Satan is there! Satan! Between the bishops tombstone and the grave of madame...
Eugéne François Vidocq: Oh Satan? I trust he's not after the bishop's soul.
Marquise De Pierremont: I trust you'll catch my little imp, if your legs are as quick as your wit, monsieur!
Eugéne François Vidocq: Madame, your lackey has legs, a gentleman can only offer his wit.
Marquise De Pierremont: What chic! Now what a gallant charmer, my rogue of a monkey is down right mesmerized!
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] Vidocq, Eugene Francois, born 1775, spent the first thirty years of his life in every kind of villainy, probably as a preparation for the work of detecting criminals which was to occupy the remainder of his life. He published two volumes of what purported to be the true history of his adventurous career...Encyclopedia Britannica. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vidocq (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Flame Song
Music by Hanns Eisler
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Sung by Carole Landis
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Very good, funny, far better than expected
1 January 2003 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

I was already a fan of George Sanders - but this film really gives him the witty language that he can spin under his breath better than any actor in movies. The story itself is far more interesting in its twists and turns than expected. Listen carefully - and you hear real style and imagination.


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