Les Disparus de Saint-Agil (1938)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Les Disparus de Saint-Agil (Missing from St. Agil) would be worth watching if only for the chop-licking performance by Erich von Stroheim. The story takes place at a typical French boys' school, where director Aime Clairond pursues the not-so-typical pastime of turning out counterfeit bank notes. When student Claudio tumbles onto Clairond's printing press, the villain kidnaps the boy and spirits him off to parts unknown. Clairond then murders his partner-in-crime, art teacher Michel Simon, for fear that Simon will spill the beans during one of his drinking binges. Surprisingly, Von Stroheim, cast as the school's language teacher (he converses eloquently in both French and German), turns out to be the hero of the peace, putting an end to Clairond's skullduggery and rescuing poor Claudio. The film was directed in the manner of a Republic serial by the reliable Christian-Jaque.

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bad-guy, counterfeit, good-guy, kidnapping, murder, partner, rescue, teacher