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A Scandal in Paris (1946)

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This film is a liberal adaptation of the life story of Eugene Francois Vidocq, a French prefect of police in the years prior to the Revolution. George Sanders stars as Vidocq, who spends most of the film as an aimless rogue willing to lie, cheat, and steal for his comfort.

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Cast

Alma Kruger
as Marquise
George Sanders
as Eugène François Vidocq
Signe Hasso
as Therese De Pierremont
Akim Tamiroff
as Emile Vernet
Leona Maricle
as Owner of Dress Shop
Fritz Leiber
as Painter
Skelton Knaggs
as Cousin Pierre
Fred Nurney
as Cousin Gabriel
Gisela Werbiseck
as Aunt Ernestine
Marvin Davis
as Little Louis
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Critic Reviews for A Scandal in Paris

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

With a display of suave images and wry performances, Sirk delights in the elegant formalities that withhold judgment in favor of pleasure and knowledge.

Full Review… | December 28, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

A Scandal in Paris goes heavy on the comedy, light on the drama, and all-out on the entertainment.

Full Review… | October 17, 2016
Creative Loafing

Never gets to the comic effects it reaches for.

Full Review… | March 10, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2003
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for A Scandal in Paris

½

great role for george sanders as a ne'er do well casanova who goes from master thief to police chief in napoleonic paris

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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I haven't seen very many Douglas Sirk films but this is certainly the first one I had trouble staying awake to watch. At least his other films - Imitation of Life, Written on the Wind, Tarnished Angels and even Lured and Shockproof - I found all to be engaging and entertaining dramas. A Scandal In Paris seemed like a gem with it's elaborate costumes and ornate 18th century setting. Even the script is often witty and funny. Wha happened? I think the problem may be the lead actor here - namely George Sanders - who was very good in All About Eve. Here Sanders plays a suave and sophisticated scoundrel named Eugéne François Vidocq - a real life parisian figure who was the first director of the Sûreté Nationale. This very Hollywoodized version of his early career follows his rise from a lowly thief/escaped prisoner who then wrangles his way to be the head of the Paris police force - how he does this exactly...well, that's for you to find out! It's a role that on paper seems perfectly suited for an actor with a voice and mannerisms of a George Sanders but I'm not sure he can carry a 2 hr film - namely his delivery is so droll and monotonous that I had a hard time staying awake. This is a dialogue-heavy film and I think a director with a sense of screwball comedy would have made this possibly work better - and also pick up the pace a bit too - but that's my opinion. It doesn't help that the background music is also soft and sleep inducing. Some of the character arcs here seemed to abruptly change so that by the end - I'm not sure I can completely buy them. I thought one of the highlights of the film was a sexy musical number by the beautiful actress Carole Landis early in the film. Unfortunately, her faltering career & health would lead her to commit suicide 2 years after the completion of this film. Anyway, an interesting...though, not one of Douglas Sirk's best offering, I'm afraid.

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