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Wicked City (1949)

Hans le marin (original title)
When his freighter pulls into Marseille, Canadian seaman Eric Martin falls in love with Dolores, a "cabaret girl" (American version of her prostitute in the French version) at the "Kitcat" ... See full summary »

Director:

François Villiers

Writers:

Michel Arnaud (scenario), Jean-Pierre Aumont (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maria Montez ... Dolores - l'entraîneuse
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Eric Martin, alias Hans Norben
Lilli Palmer ... Tania - la gitane
Marcel Dalio ... Aimé - un nervi
Pierre Bertin Pierre Bertin ... Le monsieur sérieux
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Emilio
Grégoire Aslan ... Le Brésilien (as Coco Aslan)
Frédéric O'Brady Frédéric O'Brady ... Le chef des gitans (as O'Brady)
Jean-Marie Simon Jean-Marie Simon ... Le petit Pierrot
Lita Recio Lita Recio ... La patronne
Catherine Damet Catherine Damet ... Suzy - une entraîneuse
Jean Roy Jean Roy ... Victor - un nervi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kosta Alex Kosta Alex
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett
Roger Hubert Roger Hubert
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When his freighter pulls into Marseille, Canadian seaman Eric Martin falls in love with Dolores, a "cabaret girl" (American version of her prostitute in the French version) at the "Kitcat" Club, and she agrees to "wait" for him. Leaving to return to his ship, Eric is stabbed by two thieves, Aime and Victor, who take his money and papers and warn Dolorws to say nothing. He wakes up in a hospital, with his ship gone, and is unable to give the police any useful information. He searches for Dolores and Aime sees him thrown out of the "Kitcat" and warns Dolores to get out of town. He gets work as a tourist guide and meets gypsy fortune teller Tania at the "Kitcat." One night they encounter Aime and Victor, there is a fight and Victor is killed. Tanis, in love with Eric, hides him at a gypsy camp, but he is still obsessed with Dolores. Pierrot get false papers for him, as Hans Marin, and tries again to find Dolores. The police have released Aime on the condition that he find Eric. His ship ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Every street in Marseilles led to her doorway!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

31 August 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Wicked City See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Along with 'The Man on the Eiffel Tower', this was the first French-US production following the war. See more »

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Too late for the sailor
12 April 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie came ten or fifteen years too late ;its atmosphere is that of the years before WW2,with shades of "Quai Des Brumes " and "Pépé Le Moko" (the gates at the harbor are pure "Pépé").Jean -Pierre Aumont,one of the romantic young leads of the thirties ("Lac Aux Dames" "Hotel Du Nord" ),plays a tough Canadian sailor called Eric (Why Hans the sailor?well see the movie and you'll know why)whose ship puts in at Marseille.What does a sailor do in these circumstances?He looks for girls and ,you would never guess it ,he meets the women of his dreams ,a beauty called Dolores(Maria Montez) .It's a mirage ,for the girl is only in it for the money.But he hangs on to his dream.It's his downfall and although a generous gypsy (German Lilli Palmer ,a highly talented actress who is totally miscast) reads in the cards the sad fate that awaits him and tries to save him in spite of himself ,the die is cast.

If you want to know the etymology of the word "tzigane" ,it is the film to watch:it means ,should we believe Tania,"liar" and it dates back a very long time ,when Jesus Christ was crucified.

Aumont wrote the dialog ,and he cast his then -wife (and very limited if very attractive actress) as the femme fatale ;as she has little to do ,she's pretty good.It's one of the two movies Montez made in France,the other one being "Portrait D'Un Assassin",a more successful attempt at a film noir


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