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Agent 38-24-36 (1964)

Une ravissante idiote (original title)
A Russian spy is supposed by the British Secret Service to steal some faked orders, but he is to stupid to succeed. His girlfriend tries to help him, but it seems he is to foolish to succeed.

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

François Billetdoux (screenplay), Charles Exbrayat (novel) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigitte Bardot ... Penelope 'Penny' Lightfeather
Anthony Perkins ... Harry Compton / Nicolas Sergueievitch Miloukne
Grégoire Aslan ... Bagda
Jean-Marc Tennberg Jean-Marc Tennberg ... Inspector Cartwright
Hans Verner Hans Verner ... Donald Farrington
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Surgeon - the chauffeur
Hélène Dieudonné ... Mamie
Charles Millot Charles Millot ... Fedor Alexandrovitch Balaniev
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... Le Lord-Admiral
Paul Demange ... Le directeur de la banque
Frederica Layne Frederica Layne ... Maud Smith (as Fredrika Layne)
Annick Allières Annick Allières ... Eléonore - la serveuse du Lion's
Dominique Page Dominique Page ... Rosemary
Robert Murzeau Robert Murzeau ... Clément
Jacques Dynam ... Le sergent de police
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Storyline

Harry Compton, a naive young man, is dismissed by the bank in which he worked. Desperately in need of a job, he agrees to become a Soviet spy. Assigned with the mission to steal the "Avalanche" secret file from Sir Dumfrey, he gets to know Penny, a ravishing but somewhat dumb dressmaker. The young woman spontaneously offers to help Harry in his actions. But they are pursued by bad luck. What's more, they keep accumulating blunders. To make matters worse, the MI6 has learned of the operation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Normally spies are a cold-blooded breed... but not agent 0038-24-36!... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 March 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Agent 38-24-36 See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Cassel was to play Harry Compton but was replaced by Anthony Perkins for international sales reasons. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Carnaby, M.D. (1966) See more »

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Pretty dreadful....
30 September 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The films of Brigitte Bardot are, for the most part, a study in what might have been. What I mean is that although she was a gorgeous woman, she rarely was given much in the way of material in her films. Mostly, her films were like a steady diet of meringue--very sweet but not very satisfying if this is all you have to eat! It's a real shame, as she had a magnetic screen presence. Perhaps her having been given so many fluff roles is why she chose to retire so young--at only 39--and still an incredibly beautiful woman.

"Agent 38-24-36" is bad even by the standards of a lot of these fluff films. It makes little sense, has VERY broad acting and writing and makes the least of its talented stars. Although the film is clearly filmed in Paris, the film is supposed to be about British spies in the UK. So what British actors did they pick to play in this film? None. Instead, the main British leading man is...Anthony Perkins! He seems about as British as John Wayne or Nipsy Russell. And the rest of the 'Brits' are all French men and women!

This silly casting, however, is not the major problem with this dopey spy farce. The writing is pretty awful and some scenes make you cringe at their dopiness. Try watching Perkins in slapstick scenes like when he's chasing the dog in the restaurant or chasing a runaway vacuum (uggh--it's bad)! Dreadful is the word for this.

The plot, if you care, is about a British attempt to pass off fake secrets to the Russians. But, Perkins and his girlfriend (Bardot) are just too stupid to get that right. None of it is the least bit interesting or engaging and the director did nothing to make anything out of the material--using stupid gags like speeding up the film (ha, ha) and having the characters behave as if they'd recently been lobotomized. Dull and a complete waste of talents.


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