Les Femmes s'en balancent
Dames Get Along
Serenade für zwei Pistolen / Dames don't Care / Die Frauen kümmert das wenig
Robert Bossis for Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique (= CICC), Pathé
directed by Bernard Borderie
starring Eddie Constantine, Nadia Gray, Dominique Wilms, Robert Berri, Jacques Castelot, Robert Burnier, Darío Moreno, Gil Delamare, Nicolas Vogel, Dominique Bukar, Georgette Anys, Francois Perrot, Emilio Carrer, Guy Henry, Anne-Marie Mersen, Paul Azais, Jack Ary
screenplay by Jacques Vilfrid, Bernard Borderie, based on the novel by Peter Cheyney, music by Paul Misraki
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In Italy, FBI-agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) picks uo a rather
peculiar case: Stock broker Granworth Aymes (Jacques Castelot) has killed
himself. A few weeks later his wife Henrietta (Nadia Gray) rather
innocently tries to exchange a 1000 Dollar note at a bank ... to find out
it is forged. And so are all the 200.000 Dollars her businessman hubby has
After a bit of investigation though Lemmy finds out that Aymes has not
killed himself at all but was murdered - and all evidence leads to
Henrietta as the culprit. And even though Lemmy has developed a soft spot
for the girl, he has no reservations booking her ...
Soon though more evidence pops up: Turns out that the owner of the
nightclub Henrietta frequents, Fernandez (Robert Berri), was once Aymes'
chauffeur, Aymes' former secretary Burdell (Francois Perrot) is now
Henrietta's lawyer, and even her maid Paulette (Dominique Wilms) seems to
have made out quite well after her employer's death ...
After lots of investigations, fistfights, flirts with lovely ladies and
even more whiskeys, Lemmy has found out the truth: Aymes, Fernandez,
Burdell, Paulette and Paulette's husband Benito (Dominique Bukar) have
entertained a little money forging ring, until Benito has found out about
his wife's affair with Aymes. Furiously, he threatened to blow the covers
off the whole thing, so Aymes killed him, then, using his corpse, faked
his own death, while pretending to be the terminally ill Benito in his
hospital bed - which seems to have fooled everyone but Lemmy. Plus they
deviced a plan to plant evidence to make Paulette a tailormade culprit
(which Lemmy almost fell for) and leave the country once things have blown
over. But of course, in the end, Lemmy can not only have Fernandez,
Burdell and Paulette arrested, but he also tracks down Aymes and gives him
his just desserts.
And as these films go, in the end he also gets the lady - in this case
Henrietta, in case you wondered.
As a pure crime movie, this film has not too much going for it, the
story is muddled and ridiculously overcomplex, and corpses, fistfights and
attempts at Lemmy's life seem to be thrown into the plot at random ... but
then again, the Lemmy Caution-series (of which this was the
third film) was never strong on
story elements anyways, the appeal of these movies was the
tongue-in-cheek-approach to the genre, and of course Eddie Constantine's
charismatic and self-ironic performance, which ultimately really carries
And yes, this film is fun, as long as you don't take it seriously.