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Actually Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) only wanted to spend a quiet
vacation on the Côte D'Azur, but no such luck: First, he is chased up and
down several streets by (exclusively female) fans (predating a very
similar scene in A Hard Day's Night by a few years), and as soon as
he has gotten rid of them, a woman, Claudia Ferguson (Yvonne Monlaur) asks
him for help, to which he reluctantly agrees. But when he next meets her,
she is already dead, and a tape on which she admits suicide turns out to
be a crude fake.
Soon enough, Lemmy finds Claudia's friends, Marie-Christine (Francoise
Brion), Francoise (Claudine Coster) and Sophie (Eliane d'Almeda), all the
wives of important ambassadors (just like Claudia), and it doesn't take
Lemmy long to figure there's something wrong with them.
In the meantime, several attempts are made on Lemmy's life, which he
all survives though singlehandedly, and he even has enough breath left in
him to beat up Mirko (Guy Delorme) & Hugo (Lionel Roc), friends of the
girls he holds responsible for trying to kill him.
Eventually, Lemmy finds out the terrible secret of the girls: Once many
years ago, they went to a drug den with their friend Ingrid, but Ingrid's
faint heart could not take the drugs and died on them. Terribly afraid to
cause a scandal, the other four girls, (Claudia, Marie-Christine,
Francoise and Sophie) through her into the sea to make it look like
suicide ... unfortunately, when the corpse is found, it is found out she
did not die from the drugs but drowned after her friends threw her into
the water ... For years, the girls were doing fine all the same, but then
someone seemed to have tracked them down and blackmailed them - but not
for money but some secrets the girls get from their ambassador husbands.
But Lemmy also figures that one of the girls has to be in league with the
Eventually Lemmy finds out that Nollet (Jacques Bertier), the girls'
private doctor, is the blackmailer, but before he can do anything, he is
locked into the villain's fall-out-shelter (actually a giant safe) with
his clumsy sidekick Dombie (Robert Berri).
Of course Lemmy finds a way out, and when he finally has caught up with
Nollet, he has also figured out which one of the girls (Francoise in case
you wondered) was helping him. And as usual in Lemmy Caution
films, the villains get their just desserts in the end (served of course
by Lemmy), but the other two girls, Marie-Christine and Sophie, he lets
off scot-free ... but he might come by later to get his little reward.
The films of the Lemmy Caution-series were never to be
taken seriously, they were rather a parody on the crime and espionage
genre, with Eddie Constantine playing his hard-drinking, hard-hitting,
womanizing hero always tongue-in-cheek. However, with the series
progressing (and Lemmy pour les Dames is already film number seven)
the series started more and more to spoof even itself, and in that
respect, it makes perfect sense that the secret agent Lemmy Caution
fans from his female fans and asks for whisky in almost every scene
(acutally I can't name another film in which the word whisky is said quite
as frequently), but despite his heavy drinking, he keeps his head clear
enough to get the villain in the end.
Consequently, as a crime-movie, Lemmy pour les Dames is rather
unsatisfying, but as comedy/(self-)parody ... how can one not laugh.