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The Reluctant Spy (1963)

L'honorable Stanislas, agent secret (original title)
Stanislas Dubois is the manager of a successful advertising agency. One day, he comes up against an imposing woman who foists on him a cumbersome painting by Cézanne.

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Michel Cousin (original scenario and adaptation), Jean-Charles Dudrumet (original scenario and adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Stanislas
Geneviève Page ... Ursula Keller
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Alfred Thirios
Jean Galland ... Colonel Derblay, chef des renseignements généraux
Gaia Germani Gaia Germani ... Andrea
Marcelle Arnold Marcelle Arnold ... Mlle Morin
Christian Marin ... Lecanut
Valerio Tordi Valerio Tordi
F. Florio F. Florio
Luciana Paoli Luciana Paoli
Pierre Moncorbier Pierre Moncorbier ... Le faux prédicateur
Hélène Dieudonné ... La grand-mère de Stanislas
Jean-Pierre Vaguer Jean-Pierre Vaguer
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... Le directeur du musée
Fred Fisher Fred Fisher ... Martin, l'agent anglais assassiné
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Stanislas Dubois is the manager of a successful advertising agency. One day, he comes up against an imposing woman who foists on him a cumbersome painting by Cézanne.

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Language:

French

Release Date:

4 September 1963 (France) See more »

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The Reluctant Spy See more »

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Followed by Killer Spy (1965) See more »

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Drab
20 April 2010 | by gridoon2018See all my reviews

I have absolutely nothing against Black & White movies, but if there is one genre that I feel is served MUCH better by being shot in color, it's the Euro-Spy genre. A B & W mid-1960s French spy movie (which this one is) looks as awkward to me as a color mid-1940s American film noir would. The plot is decent if unoriginal (wrong coat -> mistaken identity), the hero is OK, the female lead is personable enough, there is one nice bit of stunt car driving, and even some (intentionally) funny moments, but overall "The Reluctant Spy" is just too drab and boring for me to recommend without reluctance (pun intended). Maybe if the striking Gaia Germani had a larger role....*1/2 out of 4.


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