Cast & Crew
Attending the funeral of a scientist who died at a French brothel are four secret agents--French, Russian, Swiss, and German--each of whom hopes to persuade the scientist's widow, Amaranthe, an ex-striptease artist, to part with her husband's plans for bacteriological and thermonuclear weapons. Also intent on obtaining the plans are a CIA agent with vast funds at his disposal and a great number of Chinese communists. The rival parties, variously disguised, descend upon Amaranthe's chateau to make overtures to the widow. The agents plot each other's demise but are forced to pool their talents to repel the onslaught of the Chinese. Eventually the French agent, Lagneau, gains the advantage by appealing to the widow's romantic nature, intimating that a marriage proposal is in the offing, although he is already married. The two sneak off to Lisbon, where the plans are held in a bank, but the other spies follow. Nevertheless, Lagneau's charms win out, and, as he boards the Paris express with Amaranthe and the documents, he happily contemplates his future as a bigamist. His wife, however, has learned of his success and awaits his arrival at the railroad station.
Paris opening: December 1964 as Les barbouzes; running time: 115 min.