Rigolboche (1936)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Incredibly, Rigolbouche was one of seven films directed in a 12-month period by the talented Christian-Jacque. Jules Berry stars as a hard-bitten gambler, operating out of a casino in Paris. Attracted to Mistinguett, a cabaret singer on the lam from the law, Berry hires her as a come-on for wealthy older gamblers. One of Berry's "pigeons" is an elderly count, played by Andre Lefaur. Forced by circumstance to let the Count win at the gaming tables, Berry writes a check for 100,000 francs, knowing full well that he hasn't a sou to his name. When the check is "stolen" by one of Berry's minions, suspicion immediately falls upon Mistinguett, but when the truth comes out, she is rescued from her seedy companions by the compassionate Count.