Le Voleur de Femmes (1936)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Melodrama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Director Abel Gance was several degrees removed from his silent masterpiece Napoleon when he called the shots on the conformist crime melodrama Le Voleur de Femmes (aka Woman Thief and A Thief of Women). Annie Ducaux plays a young girl named Anna, who is blackmailed into a life of crime. Leading Anna astray is the slimy Sadoc Torner, played with full "Peter Lorre" repulsiveness by the inimitable Jules Berry. Ultimately, Sadoc is foiled by one of his victims, who steadfastly refuses to submit to extortion. Relieving the overall grimness of the story is the charming comic performance of Saturnin-Fabre as the archetypal absent-minded professor.

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blackmail, criminal, life-of-crime, professor