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Secrets of the French Police (1932)
French franc coin in Paris Russian plot murders
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The 1932 RKO Radio Pictures film "Secrets of the French Police" is set in the modern Paris of 1932.
 
A French police inspector attempts to solve a number of murders and crimes connected with a Russian plot.
The police force is the French Surete or national police.
 
A Russian Czarist general is using a young woman to impersonate Anastasia, the youngest daughter
of Czar Nicholas II who supposedly survived the massacre of her family by communists.
 
At one point the police investigate an automobile accident and a French franc coin is found.
A French Legion of Honor medal also appears twice in the film.
Secrets of the French Police
1. Title
 
The original stories appeared in the The American Weekly magazine and various covers are shown.
 
Secrets of the French Police
2. The American Weekly magazine covers
 
A memorial service is held for a murdered police inspector named Danton.
The chief of the Surete awards a medal to Danton's widow.
 
Secrets of the French Police
3. Surete chief awards medal
 
The medal is the French Legion of Honor, an award for civilian and military personnel.
 
Secrets of the French Police
4. The Legion of Honor
 
The award was established by Napoleon Bonaparte.
 
Francois St. Syr is the Surete police inspector tasked with locating inspector Danton's murderers.
 
Ashes of an unusual type of smoking tobacco were found near the body and taken to the police laboratory.
 
Secrets of the French Police
5. Francois St. Syr and laboratory scientist
 
The tobacco is an unusual brand smoked by Russians.
Many Russians fled the 1917 revolutions and moved to France.
Some have become "the usual suspects" for criminal activity.
 
A police official hands Francois a list of residences where Russians with criminal interests live.
 
Secrets of the French Police
6. The list of residences
 
Cosmopole, 47 Rue de Garon, Prop'r: [Proprietor]
Cecile Rondin, alias "Madame La Prop."
Wife of Louis R., alias "Trump Of Death;"
Executed For Crim. Hom. [Criminal Homicide]
Patrons: Artists, Pickpockets, Fences
Ex-Russ Countesses (Dem-mond), [Demimonde or prostitution]
Ex-Russ Officers (Gigs). H.S. [Gigolos]
 
Grandins, 21 Rue Garibaldi, Prop: [Proprietor]
M. Emile Jouclard, Retired Officer,
 
Eugenie Dorain is a pretty girl who sells flowers.
Her fiancee is Leon Renault, a pickpocket and gentleman thief.
 
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7. Eugenie Dorain and Leon Renault
 
Leon claims that he "nevers steals from the French".
 
One of the suspects in the murder is a Russian general named Moloff.
 
General Moloff and a female associate kidnap Eugenie and Moloff begins hypnotizing her
in order to controll her.
 
Secrets of the French Police
8. General Moloff hypnotizes Eugenie
 
Moloff knows that Eugenie is an adopted Russian girl, and he plans to pass her off to the Russian
community as the Princess Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II.
 
If the Russian community accept her as Anastasia, she would inherit a fortune.
General Maloff has been hypnotizing her and instructing her in the performance.
 
General Maloff attends a party for Russian royalty.
 
Secrets of the French Police
9. Russian royalty party
 
General Maloff announces his find and Grand Duke Maxim Romanov, the brother of Czar Nicholas,
is brought to Paris to confirm his Anastasia's identity.
The duke is accompanied by his aide, Count de Marsay.
 
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10. Francois asks Leon for help
 
Francois asks Leon to break into General Maloff's castle residence to look around and also see if
Eugenie is there.
 
General Maloff holds a party at his castle for the Grand Duke to introduce him to his Anastasia.
 
Secrets of the French Police
11. General Maloff's party
 
The Grand Duke refuses to confirm the identity and claims that the girl is an impostor.
General Maloff stages a fatal automobile accident for the Grand Duke and the Count.
 
Secrets of the French Police
12. Accident scene
 
General Maloff plants a note on the Duke which identifies the girl.
 
... and I am satisfied beyond all doubt that you are the missing Princess and you should
be recognized by all Russians as their Empress.
Maxim Romanov
 
The police and Leon arrive at the accident scene and Leon finds some items next to the Count's body.
 
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13. Count de Marsay's wallet
 
There is a wallet, a Legion of Honor medal, and a coin.
 
The coin is a French franc of the Louis Oscar-Roty "Sower" design made from 1898 to 1920.
 
A French franc coin from 1918:
 
French franc 1918
14. France silver franc 1918
 
Silver, 23mm, 5.0gm
 
 
Francois pays a visit to General Maloff's castle.
 
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15. Francois contemplates the room
 
There are some very life-like statues in the room and Francois notices that one is attracting flies.
 
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16. Francois inspects a statue
 
He discovers that the statue is a woman's body encased in material.
 
Leon breaks into the castle again and finds Eugenie who emerges from the hypnotic spell.
The try to leave but are captured by General Maloff's Asian henchmen and taken to the basement.
Leon is tied up and forced to watch while Maloff prepares Eugenie.
 
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17. General Maloff prepares a new statue
 
Francois and the police arrive.
 
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18. The police to the rescue
 
General Maloff throws himself on an electrical device and is electrocuted.
 
Later, Leon and Eugenie, possibly now married, get ready to drive off.
 
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19. Francois sees Leon and Eugenie off
 
Francois askes Leon politely to leave the area.
Notes:
 
Cast:
Frank Morgan as Francois St. Cyr
Gwili Andre as Eugenie Dorain
Gregory Ratoff as Han Moloff
John Warburton as Leon Renault
Rochelle Hudson as Agent K31
 
Director: Edward Sutherland
Writers: Samuel Ornitz, Robert Tasker, H. Ashton Wolfe (The American Weekly magazine stories)
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