Fantômas (1980– )
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The Magic Scaffold - Inspector Juve is scorned for his belief that a criminal, Fantômas, is the offender in a series of murders and thefts. Juve accompanies a friend with a winning lottery ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Berger ... Fantômas / Gurn / Valgrand
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Inspecteur Juve
Pierre Malet Pierre Malet ... Fandor
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Lady Beltham
Hélène Duc Hélène Duc ... La marquise
Kristina van Eyck ... La princesse Sonia Danidoff
Mario David ... Nibet
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Mme Doulenques, la concierge
Pierre Douglas Pierre Douglas ... Le juge Fuselier
Denise Bataille Denise Bataille ... La colonelle
Katia Tchenko ... L'amie
Coco Ducados Coco Ducados ... Élisabeth
Magali Renoir Magali Renoir ... Thérèse
Marie-José Courtois Marie-José Courtois ... Nadine
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... L'abbé Sicot
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The Magic Scaffold - Inspector Juve is scorned for his belief that a criminal, Fantômas, is the offender in a series of murders and thefts. Juve accompanies a friend with a winning lottery ticket on the train to Paris. The woman is killed and the ticket stolen. Juve is convinced that Fantômas is Mr. Gurn.

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Language:

French

Release Date:

3 May 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Portman Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Solid adaptation from French television
15 August 2014 | by robert_deveauSee all my reviews

This is the first episode in a four-part series originally broadcast on French TV in 1979; two episodes directed by Claude Chabrol (this is one), the other two directed by Juan Luis Bunuel. Its a solid, pretty faithful adaptation of the first Fantomas novel published in 1911. The series is slightly updated to the 1920's, with the gory violence of the novel played down but the mild eroticism intact. Helmut Berger is good as Fantomas in his many disguises (including the fey actor Valgrand), Jacques Dufilho is good as Inspector Juve, and Gayle Hunnicutt is perfect as Lady Beltham. It appears that Berger and Hunnicutt have been dubbed by French actors. Similar to BBC mysteries from the same period, it is currently available on an inexpensive two-DVD set from ina.fr.


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