A Scandal in Paris (July 19, 1946)
Released on July 19, 1946: (running time 1 hour and 39 minutes) A suave jewel thief will try to rob the vault of the Bank of Paris and woo the daughter of the French Minister of Police.
Produced by Arnold Pressburger
Directed by Douglas Sirk
Written from the memoirs of François Eugène Vidocq with screenplay by Ellis St. Joseph
The Actors: George Sanders (Eugene Francois Vidocq), Signe Hasso (Therese De Pierremont), Carole Landis (Loretta de Richet), Akim Tamiroff (Emile Vernet), Gene Lockhart (Prefect of Police Richet), Alma Kruger (Marquise De Pierremont), Jo Ann Marlowe (Mimi De Pierremont), Vladimir Sokoloff (Uncle Hugo), Pedro de Cordoba (Priest), Leona Maricle (owner of dress shop), Fritz Leiber (painter), Skelton Knaggs (cousin Pierre), Fred Nurney (cousin Gabriel), Gisela Werbisek (Aunt Ernestine), Marvin Davis (little Louis), Sam Harris (stage shwo spectator), Julius Tannen (Bank of Paris manager)
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Crimes à la mode
A Master jewel thief in Paris . . . A thief with the face of a Saint that every woman swoons for . . . What could be more fun! This jewel thief is so talented that he can steal a jewel-crusted garter from the leg of the most famous Cabaret singer in Paris while they kiss.
His master plan is to commit the perfect and biggest crime imaginable . . . steal everything in the impregnable vault of the Bank of Paris. The cunning, suave manner of this ladies’ man seems to make him invincible from the police. Indeed, this man may be the perfect thief, and the world may never again encounter a jewel thief like this man.
In addition to the vault of the Bank of Paris, two women are of particular interest to this jewel thief, . . . the beautiful daughter of the Paris Minister of Police, and a beautiful young blonde cabaret dancer Loretta.
The part of Loretta is played by Carole Landis, a fan of Carole Lombard . . . in fact Frances Lillian Mary Ridste, born on New Year's Day in 1919 chose a stage name that would honor Carole Lombard. Beautiful Carol Landis loved the men of Hollywood possibly even more than they loved her . . . and they surely loved her.
She has been romantically linked to director and musical choreographer Busby Berkley, producer Gene Markey, actor Franchot Tone, director Cedric Gibbons, actor George Montgomery, actor Tony Martin, actor George Jessel, and many more who remain unnamed. Tragically Carole took her own life on July 5, 1948 at the age of 29 just two years after making this movie.
Actor Rex Harrison and his wife Lilli Palmer attended the funeral in the company of two burly body-guards. Why, you ask? Well, Rex Harrison visited Carole on July 5 to spend the evening with her and told police that he discovered her body as soon as he entered her home.
Her pall bearers were actor Willard Parker, director Eddie Sutherland, golfer Lou Wasson, and teary-eyed Cesar Romero and Pat O'Brien. This may be enough to get you ready to enjoy this crime comedy, but there is one more amazing fact that I must tell you about this story. It is based on real events in the life of elegant criminal, François Eugène Vidocq, and the opening scene shows his entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica . . . ah . . . kiddies . . . You don’t know what an Encyclopedia is? The Encyclopedia Britannica was like Wikipedia, but before the internet. Now . . . go pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Akim Tamiroff and Gisela Werbisek
Alan Napier and George Sanders
Gene Lockhart and George Sanders
George Sanders and Vladimir Sokoloff
George Sanders and Carole Landis
George Sanders and Carole Landis
George Sanders and Signe Hasso
Gisela Werbisek and Vladimir Sokoloff
Jo Ann Marlowe and Signe Hasso
Julius Tannen, George Sanders and Akim Tamiroff
Marvin Davis and Akim Tamiroff and Gisela Werbisek
Pedro de Cordoba and Signe Hasso
Signe Hasso and Alma Kruger