Courier of Lyons (1938)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The Courier of Lyons stars Pierre Blanchar as both hero and villain. Blanchar is introduced as Joseph Lesurques, who has the misfortune of bearing a remarkable resemblance to notorious outlaw Dubosque. Arrested for a robbery and murder committed by his lookalike, Lesurques cannot account for his actions when the dirty deeds were perpertrated, and is summarily sentenced to be hanged. It is up to Lesurques' wife Mina (Dita Parlo) to clear her husband-but Mina has every reason to see the philandering Lesurques executed. The otherwise grim courtroom sequences provides a brief and very welcome bit of comedy relief when a cheery prostitute (Sylvia Bataille) offers to be a witness for the defense.

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accusation, imprisonment, alibi, arrest, criminal, execution, false-accusation, false-conviction, guillotine, highwayman, mistaken-identity, murder, prostitute/prostitution, robbery