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A Scandal in Paris

Released Jul 9, 1946 1h 40m Drama List
75% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 62% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In 1805 Paris, petty criminal and lothario Eugene-Francois Vidocq (George Sanders) and his cellmate escape from prison. Pretending to be soldiers, they travel to Marseilles where attractive young singer Loretta (Carole Landis) and her jewels tempt them. Vidocq then meets a marquise and plots to steal her stash of jewels. With the help of the minister of police's daughter, Therese (Signe Hasso), Vidoqc finds himself unexpectedly replacing the police chief and reconsidering his ways. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Richard Brody New Yorker With a display of suave images and wry performances, Sirk delights in the elegant formalities that withhold judgment in favor of pleasure and knowledge. Dec 28, 2015 Full Review Eric Henderson Slant Magazine It's probably safe to say that the earnest A Scandal in Paris won't ever approach the level of acceptance accorded to All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life. Aug 13, 2003 Full Review Jeremy Aspinall Radio Times Sanders gives an appealing star performance here. Rated: 3/5 Oct 6, 2022 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar This is certainly a lesser Sirk work, relying little on his signature nuance and subtext and instead playing it broad for the cheap seats with slapstick and gimmicks such as a trained monkey and a cringe-inducingly cute kid sister. Feb 28, 2017 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing A Scandal in Paris goes heavy on the comedy, light on the drama, and all-out on the entertainment. Rated: 3/4 Oct 17, 2016 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Never gets to the comic effects it reaches for. Rated: C+ Mar 10, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Really dull given its fascinating subject and focused on the least interesting aspects of his life. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Douglas Sirk was still establishing himself in Hollywood when he made this smart little film about a charming con man, the great George Sanders, who's life of crime comes to a crossroads when he meets a beautiful young lady who idolizes him. I still prefer Sirk's melodramas he made with producer Ross Hunter, but this film felt like a bit of a prototype for those types of melodramas even with the costume and biographical trappings. Though Sirk's direction is quite good, it's Sanders who really steals the show and makes this film something special. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member George Sanders is very witty Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review s r A compelling story about a Casanova thief. Landis is beautiful. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member "I've got you, Satan." Bonapartism (i.e. bourgeois/capitalist dictatorship) turning criminals into soldiers and police officers (into the chief of police!--and turning the chief of police into a murderer). Compare with Trouble in Paradise and/or A Clockwork Orange. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member great role for george sanders as a ne'er do well casanova who goes from master thief to police chief in napoleonic paris Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In 1805 Paris, petty criminal and lothario Eugene-Francois Vidocq (George Sanders) and his cellmate escape from prison. Pretending to be soldiers, they travel to Marseilles where attractive young singer Loretta (Carole Landis) and her jewels tempt them. Vidocq then meets a marquise and plots to steal her stash of jewels. With the help of the minister of police's daughter, Therese (Signe Hasso), Vidoqc finds himself unexpectedly replacing the police chief and reconsidering his ways.
Director
Douglas Sirk
Screenwriter
Ellis St. Joseph
Distributor
United Artists
Production Co
Arnold Pressburger Films
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 9, 1946, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 4, 2016
Runtime
1h 40m
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