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Police mondaine (1937)

For years now, Chief inspector Gustave Picard has been trying to bring down Salviati, the dreadful leader of a drug-selling gang. Lucienne Préville, an informer who works for him, has ... See full summary »

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Paul Bringuier, Henri La Barthe (story) (as Détective Ashelbé)
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Credited cast:
Charles Vanel ... Salviati
Alice Field ... Sylvia
Pierre Larquey ... Le commissaire Gustave Picard (as Larquey)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nine Assia Nine Assia ... Dolly Darmont (as Assia)
Junie Astor ... Lucienne Réville
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Scoppa
Camille Bert Camille Bert ... Le baron Darmont
Albert Broquin Albert Broquin
Claudine Claudine ... La première chanteuse du duo
Jean Cyrano Jean Cyrano
Maxime Fabert Maxime Fabert
Fania Fania ... La deuxième chanteuse du duo
Pierre Finaly Pierre Finaly
Abel Jacquin Abel Jacquin ... Siro
Maurice Niemen Maurice Niemen
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For years now, Chief inspector Gustave Picard has been trying to bring down Salviati, the dreadful leader of a drug-selling gang. Lucienne Préville, an informer who works for him, has infiltrated the gang but her position is dangerous. On the other hand, Scoppa, Salviati's former right-hand man, has started challenging his former boss. Will Salviati, the brutal public enemy, clear off at last? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 April 1937 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigada gresnih See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Fair crime movie
2 June 2011 | by guy-bellingerSee all my reviews

Just another crime movie but a watchable one. The ordinary plot concerns the efforts of Drug Squad chief-inspector Picard to put an end to the evil deeds of Saviati, a dangerous drug gang leader. He is helped in his task by a motley trio : inspector Paul (André Roanne), his buoyant assistant ; Lucienne Réville, an informer who has infiltrated the gang ; and - incidentally - by Scoppa, Salviati's former right hand man and now his rival, determined to steal the market from him at any cost. Death will take its toll before the affair comes to its resolution in a graveyard near Paris.

Michel Bernheim and Christian Chamborant's serviceable direction varies from average to fair, illustrating the banal material without particular luster. But what makes this forgettable effort acceptable in spite of everything is some of the actors and their performances, particularly when it comes to those who embody the two main villains of the piece, Salviati and Scoppa, respectively played by Charles Vanel, whose roguish and brutish manners make him both obnoxious and believable, and by Jean-Louis Barrault, who obviously has a ball slipping into the shoes of Salviati's over-excited and aggressive rival. In a less graphic style, Junie Astor and Pierre Larquey are good too as the informer and the chief-inspector. But what was the point of hiring Jean Servais to give him... nothing to do?

On the whole, "Police Mondaine" is in no way a masterpiece but not a bomb either. If you have an hour and a half to spare...


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