Comment qu'elle est!
Women are like That
Eddie geht aufs Ganze
Charles Borderie, Raymond Borderie for Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique (= CICC), Films Borderie
directed by Bernard Borderie
starring Eddie Constantine, Alfred Adam, Renaud Mary, Robert Berri, Francoise Brion, Nicolas Vogel, Francoise Prévost, André Luguet, Jacques Seiler, Henri Cogan, Billy Kearns, Darling Légitimus, Colin Drake, Jean Landier, Albert Michel, Georges Demas, Marcel Pérès, Émile Genevois, Henri Lambert, Nicole Dore, Charles Marosi
screenplay by Bernard Borderie, Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, based on the novel I'll Say She Does by Peter Cheyney, music by Paul Misraki
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The FBI has sent their top agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) to
Paris to find international spy Varlais, much to the dismay of general
Rupert (André Luguet), who thinks his agents Demur (Renaud Mary) and
Mayne (Nicolas Vogel) are capable enough to find Varlais on their own.
What makes the affair really difficult though is that noone knows what
Varlais looks like, so he could be anybody ...
Anyway, Lemmy soon enough picks up clues like nobody's business, and
finds a host of suspicious men and women, who he either beats up (the men)
or tries to seduce (the women). Soon the whole affair boils down to
gallery owner Isabelle (Francoise Prévost) and bar owner Girotti (Alfred
Adam), sho somehow seem to have dealings with Varlais ... but to catch the
big fish, Lemmy needs special bait: Martine (Francoise Brion), the niece
of general Rupert, who bears a striking resemblance to an international
top spy and who would be just the women to lure Varlais out of his hole
... again, of course, much to the dismay of general Rupert.
And suddenly, Varlais turns out to be Girotti - at least that's what
Demur and Mayne want to make Lemmy think, because once he turns his back,
they turn on Martine - whom they still think to be the international
superspy - and reveal themselves (yeah, both of them) to be Varlais ...
but naturally, Lemmy has been one step ahead in the game and has figured
it all out long ago, and so unwittingly, the two Varlais have stepped into
his trap, while Lemmy in the end gets the girl - Martine that is ...
Comment qu'elle est is the first Lemmy Caution
film after a five year hiatus (and at the same time the fifth in the
series) ... and somehow it's one of the weaker ones. The plot is
overcomplicated while leading nowhere in particular, and the genre parody
inherent in the series, is rather downplayed. However, Eddie Constantine
still makes a good lead, not taking any of the on-screen goings-on
seriously and forever trying to get into all the ladies panties or at
least a refill for his whisky-glass. Just how can you not like such
a guy ?