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Fumée blonde (1957)

Sophie Mallet is the lively manager of a detective agency, assisted by Emile Gachit, her conscientious but not very effective right-hand man. One day a fellow named David entrusts her a ... See full summary »

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Solange Térac (screenplay and dialogue), Robert Vernay
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Sophie Desmarets ... Sophie Mallet
Paul Guers ... David Baker
Darry Cowl ... Emile Gachit
Bernard Dhéran Bernard Dhéran ... Bernard Hartman
Suzet Maïs Suzet Maïs ... La baronne Bergenstein
Suzanne Dehelly Suzanne Dehelly ... Tante Esther
Armand Bernard ... L'illusionniste Grand Jacoby
Alain Quercy Alain Quercy
Thomy Bourdelle ... Monsieur Antoine
Georges Demas Georges Demas
Robert Vattier ... Le commissaire
Gaston Woignez Gaston Woignez ... (as Woigniez)
Paul Demange
Eric Husberg Eric Husberg
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... Vladimir
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Sophie Mallet is the lively manager of a detective agency, assisted by Emile Gachit, her conscientious but not very effective right-hand man. One day a fellow named David entrusts her a pack of cigarettes that she is supposed to hand over to a certain John Smith. But David soon disappears while John Smith is murdered. Moreover, a lot of dubious characters prove "very interested" in the pack of cigarettes... Which will keep Sophie and Emile for some time...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Fumée blanche See more »

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Mono
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A private eye comes back to work.
3 March 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Sophie Desmaret is the true star of the movie;Darry Cowl only appears halfway through as Gachit (=waste)and Paul Guers (who in spite of a long career remained unsung in his country)is featured at the very beginning of the film ,only to reappear ten minutes before the denouement.

Sophie Desmarets is a renowned detective but she retired;when a man entrusts her a pack of cigarettes (which justifies the title of the movie:light smoke)which may be very important,she resumes her investigations;that means we deal with a spoof on spy thrillers ,not with Miss Marple's whodunit.

It's a heavy-handed comedy: the appearance of David's false (or true) friends is a good thing;Desmaret's act in the circus begins quite well and the tone of her voice,enthusiastic at first,then shaky,wins over the audience.Unfortunately it becomes repetitive in the long run.Not only the female detective has a not-so-useful assistant in tow,but she 's also got aunt Esther,a pain in the neck.

The scene at Gachit's school is a waste of breath:it's unfunny from start to finish.The "political " side is brainless.


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