Directed by Bernard Borderie.
Screenplay was written by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon and Bernard Borderie with additional dialog by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon and based on a novel by Peter Cheyney. Cinematography was by Henri Persin, and Music was by Paul Misraki.
The film stars Eddie Constantine as Lemmy Caution, Gaia Germani as Geraldine, Guy Delorme as Dr. Whitaker, Christiane Minazzoli as Carlotta, Philippe Lemaire as Pranzetti/Henri Grant, Noël Roquevert as Walker Caution's superior, and Elga Andersen as Valeri Pontiac/Montana.
New York. The secretary of Dr. Whitaker who is in actuality an undercover FBI agent goes into his laboratory and discovers the place ransacked. Before she can notify the FBI or call the police she is gunned down.
The police discover the body and that Dr. Whitaker has vanished along with all his notes along with the secret formula he was working on. The FBI assigns Lemmy Caution to the case. Lemmy in the detritus of the office finds a photograph of Dr. Whitaker's Carlotta.
On the plane he meets a woman, Valerie Pontiac, they make small talk. Valeri is part of the kidnapping plot.
|Valerie Pontiac catching Lemmy's eye|
While Lemmy is meeting with his contact Henri Grant at the airport lounge he is interrupted by a waiter who explains that Valerie needs to speak with him for a moment. She is waiting in her Caddy outside the lounge.
|Lemmy meets Grant/Pranzetti|
Lemmy, thinking maybe he is going to score, excuses himself and tells his contact he'll be right back. As soon as Lemmy gets to the bottom of a stairway Valerie waves from the Caddy, a signal, and he is attacked and knocked out. His official papers and FBI identification are stolen.
Lemmy is helped into his room by Grant. Lemmy lays down on the bed and tells Grant to wake him at noon. As soon as Grant leaves Lemmy grabs his coat and is out the door. We next pick up Eddie's trail as he surprises the waiter who steered him into the ambush as he sleeps in his flat.
|Montana's shower scene|
|Montana knocked out|
|Eddie Constantine breaking the fourth wall|
At least the Lemmy Caution character as a headliner went out in a true masterpiece in 1965 with the unique Detective-SyFy mashup Alphaville. You an skip this one, only for Lemmy Caution completests.
Peter Cheyney's Lemmy Caution Novels
This Man Is Dangerous (1936)
Dames Don't Care (1937)
Poison Ivy (1937)
Can Ladies Kill? (1938)
Don't Get Me Wrong (1939)
You'd Be Surprised (1940)
Your Deal, My Lovely (1941)
Never a Dull Moment (1942)
You Can Always Duck (1943)
I'll Say She Does! (1945)
The Lemmy Caution Films
LA MOME VERT DES GRIS (aka “The Gun Moll” and “Poison Ivy”) (1953) Based on the Lemmy Caution novel Poison Ivy 1937
CET HOMME EST DANGEROUS (aka “This Man is Dangerous”) (1953) Based on the Lemy Caution novel This Man Is Dangerous 1936
LES FEMMES S’EN BALANCENT (aka “Dames Get Along”) (1954) Based on the Lemmy Caution novel Dames Don’t Care 1937
VOUS PIGEZ? (aka “Diamond Machine”) (1955) Based on the Lemmy Caution novel Don’t Get Me Wrong 1939
COMMENT QU’ELLE EST! (aka “What a Girl!”aka "Women Are Like That") (1960) Based on the Lemmy Caution novel I’ll Say She Does! 1945
ÇA VA ÊTRE TA FÊTE (1960) Based on characters created by Peter Cheyney
LEMMY POUR LES DAMES (aka “Ladies’ Man) (1962( Based on characters created by Peter Cheyney
À TOI DE FAIRE, MIGNONNE (aka Your Turn, Darling”) Based on Your Deal, My Lovely (1941)
ALPHAVILLE (aka “Une etrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution,” “Alphaville: A Strange Case of Lemmy Caution” and “Tarzan Vs. IBM”) Based on characters created by Peter Cheyney
ALLEMAGNE ANNÉE 90 NEUF ZÉRO (1991; aka “Germany Year 90 Nine Zero”) Based on characters created by Peter Cheyney