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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:

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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in both St. Louis and Baltimore and Boston Friday 14 January 1949 on KSD (Channel 5) and on WAAM (Channel 13) and on WBZ (Channel 4), in Los Angeles Tuesday 15 February 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4), in New York City Wednesday 4 May 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Cincinnati Wednesday 16 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

Quotes

Eugéne François Vidocq: In crime, as in love, there are only those who do, and those who don't dare.
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[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 »

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Referenced in Vidocq (2001) See more »

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Flame Song
Music by Hanns Eisler
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Sung by Carole Landis
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Great vehicle for George Sanders
6 January 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"A Scandal in Paris" is a 1946 film starring George Sanders, Akim Tamiroff, Signe Hasso, and Carole Landis. Directed by Douglas Sirk, it's based on the memoirs of François-Eugène Vidocq, a thief who became the Chief of Police in the 18th Century. The story begins with Francois being born in a jail and covers his European escapades. At one point, he poses for a painting of St. George and rides off on the horse he sits on; later, a marquise's granddaughter (Hasso) falls in love with the face in the painting and recognizes him when he comes to stay with her grandmother...and steal her jewels.

A very witty script that is perfect for the elegant, handsome Sanders. This role seems tailor-made for him. The beautiful Carole Landis plays one of his victims, a showgirl with a valuable garter. Sadly, by this time, her career had really stalled out. She's still a bright and glamorous presence. Hasso is an odd choice for an ingénue role, though she does a good job.

Entertaining film, particularly because of George Sanders.


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