Written by Maurice Cury and Max Pécas. Cinematography by Robert Lefebvre (Casque d'Or (1952), The Grand Maneuver (1955) The Gates of Paris (1957) ). Music was by Louiguy.
The film stars Jean Vinci as Fred Langlois, Jean Claudio (Darling (1965)) as Max Savelan, Claudine Coster (Keep Talking, Baby (1961)) as Fabienne, Anna Gaël ( The Bridge at Remagen (1969), Therese and Isabelle (1968)) as Sybil, Robert Lombard as Henri. Michel Vocoret as Pascal, and Dominique Santarelli as one of Pascal's goons.
Fred Langlois (Vinci) a jewel thief is in heavy debt to an effete gambling club owner Pascal who practically prances around while cuddling his pet pekinese. Fred plans a scheme to pretend to pay off his debt to gain entry to the home of Pascal. Fred has an accomplice Henri (Lombard) with him outside who will gain entry and get the drop of the club owner and his henchmen while they are occupied with Fred. All goes as planned and they recover the jewels and scoot.
|Fred (Vinci) getting patted down|
|Henri sneaking in to Pascal's|
|Fred (Vinci) and Pascal (Michel Vocoret)|
|Henri getting the drop on Pascal and his goon|
However the house was under surveillance by insurance detective Max Savelan (Claudio) who had traced the jewels from Fred to Pascal. Suspecting the heist from Pascal by Fred and Henri, Max jumps in his car and sets off in pursuit of them. Caught at a railroad crossing Max loses the car with Fred and Henri and it looks as if all is lost.
|Max caught at the railroad crossing|
|Henri (Robert Lombard) double crossing Fred|
Fred continues to head towards the border. Weakened by the bullet wound and loss of blood, he decides to look for some sanctuary. He decides to drop in on the estate of his rich ex wife Fabienne (Coster) who is now decadently living in an open lesbian relationship with Sybil (Gaël). Fabienne agrees to help Fred. Secreting Fred in one of the mansion's many rooms, Fabienne carries on as if nothing has changed.
|Fabienne awakens, hearing a car drive up to the mansion|
|"Hi honey I'm home".|
|Fabienne (Claudine Coster )|
|Fabienne hiding Fred|
Sexploitation Noirsville Style
|Sybil (Anna Gaël)|
|Fred's arm wound|
|Fabien and Fred getting re-acquainted|
|Sybil teasing Fred|
|Fred spanks Sybil|
Fred rekindling his relationship with Fabienne and having a pretty good time of it at the mansion decides to go straight and send the jewels back.
Max sneaks into the mansion and confronts Fred about the jewels. Fred gets the drop on Max and with Max incapacitated actually does mail the jewels back to their rightful owners bringing Max along to the post office to witness it. Once the jewels are mailed off Fred lets Max go.
|Fred hiding the jewels in Sybil's room|
|Fred and Max mix it up|
|Max (Jean Claudio)|
|Mailing the jewels back|
|Pascal and his pekingese about to torture Sybil|
|Sybil belted on the boobs|
|Pascal's goon (Dominique Santarelli)|
|Sybil about to suffer a fate worse than death|
Pascal and his minions arrive at Fabienne's figuring out that it's the logical place for Fred to hole up and they devise a plan to get the swag back that involves kidnapping Sybil. Max foils Pascal's plans.
The final denouement that involves a roadside ambush near the mansion is quite clever and one of the things besides the stylistic Noir cinematography that elevates this film from obscurity. Film is currently available dubbed in English on Daily Motion (where the screencaps originate from BTY) under its English title Heat Of Midnight. Entertaining enough, 6/10.