L'Honorable Stanislas, agent secret (1963)
aka: The Reluctant Spy
A film directed by Jean-Charles Dudrumet

Genre: Thriller


L'Honorable Stanislas, agent secret photo
Stanislas Dubois is the manager of a successful advertising agency. One day, he comes up against an imposing woman who foists on him a cumbersome painting by Cézanne. The woman invites Stanislas to dinner but, in the restaurant, he mistakingly takes the coat of another man, a British spy named Martin. When the latter is subsequently found dead, poisoned, Stanislas is arrested as the most likely suspect. Colonel Derblay, an officer in the French secret services, arranges for Stanislas to be released from police custody and recruits him as Martin's replacement. It is a matter of national security that Stanislas should unmask Martin's killers without delay...
© Willems Henri (Brussels, Belgium)

Film Review

L'Honorable Stanislas, agent secret is a French-Italian film comedy first released in France on 4th September 1963, directed by Jean-Charles Dudrumet. The film stars Jean Marais, Geneviève Page, Maurice Teynac, Jean Galland and Gaia Germani. It has also been released under the title: The Reluctant Spy.   It is a Les Films de la Licorne production, produced by Jean-Charles Dudrumet and distributed by AVCO Embassy Television.  

Our overall rating for L'Honorable Stanislas, agent secret is: good - passable entertainment.

The actor Jean Marais has also appeared in: Dans les rues (1933), Drôle de drame (1937), Le Château de verre (1950) and Le Guérisseur (1954).

Other thriller films of the 1960s from France that are worth watching include: Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Deuxième souffle (1966), Jean-Pierre Mocky's La Grande frousse (1964), Jacques Rivette's Paris nous appartient (1960), Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965) and Robert Hossein's Le Vampire de Düsseldorf (1965).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Jean-Charles Dudrumet
  • Script: Michel Cousin, Jean-Charles Dudrumet
  • Photo: Pierre Guéguen
  • Music: Georges Delerue
  • Cast: Jean Marais (Stanislas), Geneviève Page (Ursula Keller), Maurice Teynac (Alfred Thirios), Jean Galland (Colonel Derblay), Gaia Germani (Andrea), Marcelle Arnold (Mlle Morin), Christian Marin (Lecanut), Pierre Moncorbier (Le faux prédicateur), Hélène Dieudonné (La grand-mère de Stanislas), Louis Arbessier (Le directeur du musée), Fred Fisher (Martin), Michel Dacquin (L'organiste poignardé), André Gille (Le critique musical à la télévision), Jean-Henri Chambois (Le directeur de l'hôtel), Jacques-Henry Duval (L'automobiliste qui dépanne Ursulla), Yvonne Clech (La dame du train), Jean-Loup Reynold (Tristan), Raoul Billerey (Un collaborateur de Thirios), Mathilde Casadesus (Maria Linas - la diva), Michel Seldow (L'illusionniste à la télévision), Germaine Dermoz (La mère de Stanislas), Noël Roquevert (Commissaire Mouton), Georges Bever (Le garçon d'étage de la pension de famille), Paul Faivre (Le chauffeur de taxi), Jean Franval (Un homme de Thirios)
  • Country: France / Italy
  • Language: French
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Aka: The Reluctant Spy
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