Contre-Enquete (1930)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Gangster Film, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - France, USA  |  
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In 1930, audiences saw three different versions of the George Kibbe Turner gangster novel Those Who Dance, each filmed in a different language. The English version starred Monte Blue and Lila Lee; the German version, Der Tanz Geht Weiter top-billed William Dieterle and Lissi Arna; and the French version, Contre-Enquete, featured Daniel Mendale and Suzy Vernon in the leading roles. In all three instances, the plot remained the same, with undercover cop Dan Hogan (Blue, Dieterle, Mendale) hoping to find out who was responsible for the murder of his younger brother. To get the goods on the killer, Hogan poses as a crook and joins a gangster mob. This he does as much for himself as for heroine Nora Brady (Lee, Arna, Vernon), whose brother has been falsely convicted of the murder. In addition to the three talkie adaptations of the Turner original, Those Who Dance was previously filmed in 1924.