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Secrets of the French Police (1932)

Passed | | Crime | 2 December 1932 (USA)
A burglar is recruited to aid the police in finding his kidnapped girlfriend, a lovely but impoverished flower girl. Meanwhile, a deranged Russian emigre has been claiming that his ward is ... See full summary »

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A. Edward Sutherland (as Edward Sutherland)

Writers:

Samuel Ornitz (screen play), Robert Tasker (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gwili Andre ... Eugenie Dorain
Gregory Ratoff ... Han Moloff
Frank Morgan ... François St. Cyr
John Warburton ... Leon Renault
Rochelle Hudson ... K-31
Christian Rub ... Anton Dorain
Murray Kinnell ... Bertillon
Arnold Korff ... Grand Duke Maxim
Kendall Lee Kendall Lee ... Rena Harka
Lucien Prival ... Lomzoi
Guido Trento Guido Trento ... Count de Marsay
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A burglar is recruited to aid the police in finding his kidnapped girlfriend, a lovely but impoverished flower girl. Meanwhile, a deranged Russian emigre has been claiming that his ward is actually Princess Anastasia, last survivor of the Tsar's family--but she seems to behave strangely in the presence of flowers. Written by David S. Smith

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This marble image that was once a living form. See more »

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Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A francia rendőrség titka See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A bit silly if you ask me.
8 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite the presence of Frank Morgan in the lead, this is a cheap B-movie all the way--with a plot that seems like the stuff you'd see in a Monogram cheapie of the 1930s or 40s--the sort of thing that George Zucco, Lionel Atwill or Bele Lugosi would star in and which would have terrible production values.

The Zucco/Atwill/Lugosi type character in this one is a Russian who uses his powers of hypnosis to control a young girl and convince her she is the Princess Anastasia! At the same time, a high class crook has reported that a flower girl has disappeared. Thinking the two women might be one in the same, the French police inspector (Frank Morgan) convinces the robber to do a bit of breaking and entering to learn the truth.

This story is filled with silly elements--such as disposing of bodies by entombing them in plaster, the whole hypnosis angle and more. You never can take it very seriously and the story seems more like a cheap movie serial crammed into a one hour time slot. Moderately engaging at best.


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