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Return from the Ashes (1965)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 February 1966 (UK)
In Paris, a Polish gigolo marries a rich Jewish doctor and stands to inherit her estate when she is deported to Dachau by the Nazis.


J. Lee Thompson


Julius J. Epstein (as Julius Epstein), Hubert Monteilhet (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maximilian Schell ... Stanislaus Pilgrin
Samantha Eggar ... Fabienne 'Fabi' Wolf
Ingrid Thulin ... Dr. Michele 'Mischa' Wolf
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Charles Bovard
Talitha Pol Talitha Pol ... Claudine
Vladek Sheybal ... Paul, Chess Club Manager
Jacques Cey Jacques Cey ... Hotel Desk Clerk
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... 1st Detective (as Jacques Brunius)
Jean Marc Jean Marc ... 2nd Detective
Andre Charisse ... Restaurant Captain
Danièle Noël Danièle Noël ... Nurse
Arnold Diamond ... Neighbour
Franco De Rosa Franco De Rosa ... Boy in Nightclub
Doreen Moore Doreen Moore ... Girl in Nightclub
Harriet Harper Harriet Harper ... Girl in Nightclub


Stanislaus Pilgrin, a Polish chess master and handsome gigolo, marries wealthy Jewish widow, Dr. Michele Wolf, an X-ray technician and has an affair with her step-daughter, Fabienne and then plots to murder them both in a scheme that will have him inherit their money. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


No one may enter the theatre after Fabi enters her bath! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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The Ingrid Thulin part was originally offered to Gina Lollobrigida. See more »


Ingrid Thulin's clothes and hairstyle in the beginning of the film are very mid-1960s, although the film begins around 1940. See more »


Stanislaus Pilgrin: Stop looking at me as if I was an idiot.
Fabienne 'Fabi' Wolf: Well I'll try, but it won't be easy
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This Return Deserves a Comeback
17 September 2005 | by arichmondfwcSee all my reviews

Certain films travel just below the radar. "Return from the Ashes" is such a film. The ones who've seen it never forget it but somehow it's nowhere to be found. Never on video and so far not on DVD. I'm not going to tell you about the devilish plot because that's most of the pleasure of seeing it for the first time. Just let me wet your appetite by saying that Maximilian Schell plays a young amoral polish guy who seduces a French, older, wealthy widow, played for real by a great Ingrid Thulin. The action takes place at the dawn of the German occupation. She is Jewish he is not. When Schell asks her to marry him, she laughs it off as a surprisingly conventional request but he means it saying "At this time is not convention but defiance" So he marries the older Jewish woman...that's all I'm going to tell you about the story. Samantha Eggar, beautiful and skinny gives a powerful performance of seductive evilness. She is a stand out of major proportions. The ending seems a bit of a commercial concession but it doesn't spoil the cleverly tailored plot. If you see it announced on late night TV, set up your VCR or whatever contraption at your disposal.

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Release Date:

14 February 1966 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

De Volta das Cinzas See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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