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Any Number Can Win (1963)

Mélodie en sous-sol (original title)
Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Michel Audiard (dialogue), Zekial Marko (novel) (as John Trinian) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Gabin ... Charles
Alain Delon ... Francis Verlot
Claude Cerval Claude Cerval ... Le commissaire de police
Viviane Romance ... Ginette
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Mario (as Henri Virlogeux)
Jean Carmet ... Le barman
José Luis de Vilallonga ... M. Grimp (as José-Luis de Vilallonga)
Rita Cadillac ... Liliane
Jimmy Davis Jimmy Davis ... Sam
Dominique Davray ... Léone
Dora Doll ... Countess Doublianoff
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Mme Verlot (as Germaine Montéro)
Maurice Biraud ... Louis Naudin
Carla Marlier ... Brigitte
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Storyline

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon), to assist him in pulling off one final score, a carefully planned assault on the vault of a Cannes casino. Bad luck and Francis's lack of professionalism set the caper maddeningly askew, and the stolen cash resurfaces in an unexpected manner. Written by Michael Krugman <myriad@panix.com>

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100000 volts de suspense See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 March 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Any Number Can Win See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1963
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (color)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles' house appears to be the last single one left between the new high-rise buildings. His wife was offered 15 Mill. Frs. to tear it down and make room for a new skyscraper. In fact the house is still standing with no more high-rise buildings around but those that are in shown in the film. See more »

Goofs

Charles' plan to hide the money in the dressing-cabin was not worked out very well. It was predictable that the police would search every possible hiding-place around the casino. Handing over the bags at the swimming-pool would also be very suspect. Finally, what's the point hiding the bags into the pool? They would be visible from the surface anyway and would have been discovered immediately. See more »

Crazy Credits

The film opens with MGM's 1956-57 logo. See more »

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Featured in MGM Is on the Move! (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme from Any Number Can Win
Music by Michel Magne
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Excellent entertainment throughout, with a delicious climax
4 May 2013 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Melodie En Sous-Sol (aka Any Number Can Win) is an enjoyable little caper, but the big trouble is that Time has not been very kind to it. It starts out with puzzled and chunky old Jean Gabin wandering through some then fashionable 1960's modern style streets and buildings accompanied by some brash and hip modern jazz music. And then the olde plot starts: man out of jail goes home and almost immediately tells his wife he's planning One Last Big Job involving the stealing of "about a billion" francs. This turns out to be a meticulously planned op, of the type Mission Impossible did so much better a few years later, and that (and Topkapi etc) was a team affair - however this was planned by Gabin even though Alain Delon seemed to have the lion's share of the work to do.

I bet all those cool swingers of the '60's never would have thought they and their music would date faster than those elegant artistes of the 30's! Favourite bits: Delon's long solo bit bringing the caper to fruition; the predatory Countess Doublianoff calling him no gentleman after he peremptorily dismissed her; the cops strolling by and describing the bags they were looking for - I wanted Delon to mutter something as did Peter Lorre in Arsenic And Old Lace when he thought he was going to be discovered; Gabin's expressionless expression.

Even though you may have seen it all before in films made since this one it was shot in a nice black and white with good acting and good production which holds the attention well - and it's all worthwhile anyway when you get to the delicious last 5 minutes when Delon's and Gabin's feelings were definitely too deep for words!


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