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Vidocq (1939)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
André Brulé ... Vidocq
Nadine Vogel Nadine Vogel ... Annette
René Ferté ... Salembier (as René Ferte)
Jean Worms ... Le préfet Henry
Henri Bosc ... Chevalier (as Henry Bosc)
Maurice Lagrenée Maurice Lagrenée ... Saint-Germain
Rognoni Rognoni ... (as Rognoni de la Comédie Française)
Alexandre Mihalesco Alexandre Mihalesco ... (as Mihalesco)
Georges Paulais Georges Paulais ... (as G. Paulais)
Jeanne Lion Jeanne Lion
Clary Monthal Clary Monthal ... (as Clary Montal)
Monette Dinay
Nina Rossi Nina Rossi
Colette Desbruyères Colette Desbruyères
Roger Legris


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paris france | vidocq | See All (2) »









Release Date:

11 May 1940 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Straffången som blev polischef See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Lucrative memoirs
24 December 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

When François -Eugene Vidocq wrote his memoirs,did he know that his book would be transferred to the screen again and again and again.This 1938 version was not the first one and would not be the last.The sixties brought a miniseries and a comic strip;Douglas Sirk took Vidocq to Hollywood in a very curious adaptation;recently(2001) Depardieu took on the part in a big budget flick which met mixed critical favor .

François Brulé's film is a down-to-earth and a bit lackluster film .There's no symbolism here -like Sirk would do in "scandal in Paris" with his hints at Saint George and the dragon- but a linear story divided into two obvious parts:

1.Vidocq the criminal on the lam,chased by a rather incompetent Police.

2.Vidocq the thief-turned -cop (and informer): this part of the story is very small .A hero is no match for a villain! The places where the thieves meet on the Boulevard du Crime" provided a foretaste of what Marcel Carné would take to its absolute perfection in "les Enfants du Paradis"

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