6.7/10
806
19 user 24 critic

A Scandal in Paris (1946)

Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Romance | 19 July 1946 (USA)
Born in a French prison in 1775, François Eugène Vidocq becomes a professional thief and is later appointed chief of Parisian police.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

François-Eugène Vidocq (memoirs) (as Eugene Francois Vidocq), Ellis St. Joseph (adaptation)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Lured (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. After ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Alvah, a young GI who happens to own a vineyard, elopes to Las Vegas with Lee, his housekeeper's daughter. But Alvah's chicken pox postpone the wedding night. The rest revolves around more ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Tony Curtis, Piper Laurie, Don DeFore
All I Desire (1953)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In 1910, a wayward mother re-visits the family she deserted.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An aging heir-less millionaire wants to leave his fortune to the unsuspecting family of his first love but not before testing his prospective heirs by living with them under the guise of a poor boarder.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson, Charles Coburn
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, Jock Mahoney
Shockproof (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Parole Officer falls in-love with his client, a ravishing blonde who served time for murder, and he's determined to help her go straight despite her interfering criminal boyfriend.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, John Baragrey
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When a toy manufacturer feels ignored and unappreciated by by his wife and children, he begins to rekindle a past love when a former employee comes back into his life.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Father Fulton prepares to abandon his vocation despite pleas from Father Arnoux. Then a series of seemingly miracles occur including to the young Terri. Fulton has his doubts and wonders about the role of Dr. Morrell.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Charles Boyer, William Demarest, Lyle Bettger
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and ... See full summary »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Robert B. Sinclair, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Robert Montgomery, Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Sanders ... Eugéne François 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
Alan Napier ... Houdon De Pierremont
Jo Ann Marlowe 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 Fred Nurney ... Cousin Gabriel
Gisela Werbisek Gisela Werbisek ... Aunt Ernestine (as Gisella Werbiseck)
Edit

Storyline

The autobiography of elegant criminal, François Eugène Vidocq, from his birth in a French jail in 1775 to his appointment as chief of police of Paris where he intends to rob the city bank. Along the way, he escapes from jail with Emile, who becomes his partner in crime, poses as a lieutenant to rob a showgirl of her ruby garter, and steals the jewels of a marquise in whose home he's a guest. He's also posed as an artist's model for a portrait of St. George (Emile's face is the dragon's), and the marquise's granddaughter falls in love first with his visage and then him. Can she help him slay his own dragons, especially when the showgirl reappears and the bank vault beckons? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Every man has his price... and every woman pays it.


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of Vidocq See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 23, 1946 with Akim Tamiroff reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Vidocq is seen reading the memoirs of Casanova at the time of Napoleon's Egyptian campaign (1798-1801). The memoirs were not published until 1822. See more »

Quotes

Eugéne François Vidocq: Women always surprise us by doing the expected.
See more »

Crazy Credits

[prologue] Vidocq, Eugene Francois, born 1775, spent the first thirty years of his life in every kind of villainy, probably as a preparation for the work of detecting criminals which was to occupy the remainder of his life. He published two volumes of what purported to be the true history of his adventurous career...Encyclopedia Britannica. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vidocq (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Flame Song
Music by Hanns Eisler
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster (as Paul Webster)
Sung by Carole Landis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
reasonably diverting curiosity held together by Sanders
27 December 2010 | by mukava991See all my reviews

George Sanders as Eugene Francois Vidocq, a clever French crook (and a very flimsy representation of the amazing real-life template), is both the lead actor and narrator of this film in which he neatly swindles his way from a lowly prison cell to the top of French society delivering a bounty of aphorisms along the way. The real-life Vidocq began as a rough-and- tumble child criminal and ended up a government minister.

Sanders basically delivers the same polished performance seen in numerous other films, from "Man Hunt" (1941), through "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) and "All About Eve" (1950): the cool, cultivated, continental, dry wit with just the right suggestion of the animal beneath. Carole Landis, in what may be her finest role, is both funny and chilling as a self-centered show girl who blatantly uses her beauty to catch wealthy men. Signe Hasso (who looks distractingly like Margaret Sullavan) plays the daughter of the minister of police; she falls in love with Sanders but is as lifeless and damp here as she is vivacious and crackling in "The House on 92nd Street," made the year before.

The film is obviously 100% studio made, with painted backdrops to represent the French countryside. But since scenery is not the point here, this drawback can be overlooked. It's an unusual film about an extraordinary man, here reduced to a sort of Sherlock Holmes who strides both sides of the law.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed