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Charade
Director: Stanley Donen (Dir)
Release Date:   1963
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 5 Dec 1963
Duration (in mins):   113
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Cast:   Cary Grant (Peter Joshua/Alexander Dyle/Adam Canfield/Brian Cruikshank)  
    Audrey Hepburn (Reggie Lambert)  
    Walter Matthau (Hamilton Bartholomew/Carson Dyle)  
    James Coburn (Tex Panthollow)  
    George Kennedy (Herman Scobie)  
    Ned Glass (Leopold Gideon)  
    Jacques Marin (Inspector Grandpierre)  
    Paul Bonifas (Félix)  
    Dominique Minot (Sylvie Gaudet)  
    Thomas Chelimsky (Jean-Louis Gaudet)  

Summary: Returning to Paris from an Alpine ski holiday, Reggie Lambert finds her husband, Charles, murdered. A vacation acquaintance, Peter Joshua, offers his services and assists her in finding a hotel room. Lambert's funeral is attended by three strange Americans. Summoned to the U. S. Embassy, Reggie is informed by supposed C.I.A. official Hamilton Bartholomew that Lambert and four accomplices had pilfered $250,000 in gold destined for the French Resistance during World War II, and that the government would appreciate her assistance in finding the loot. He further confides his fear for her life. Reggie assures Bartholomew, however, that she has no idea where the money is. The agent further informs the widow that among Lambert's former associates only Carson Dyle is deceased; the others attended her husband's funeral. Threatened by the trio, Reggie confides in Joshua, who reveals that he is Dyle's vengeful brother Alexander. Informed by Bartholomew that Dyle had no brother, Reggie confronts Joshua, who now asserts that he is thief Adam Canfield. When the American trio is murdered, Reggie assumes that her friend is, in fact, Alexander Dyle. En route to deliver the three rare stamps representing the purloined $250,000 Reggie meets Joshua, who discloses that Bartholomew is in reality Carson Dyle. Unmasked, the murderer flees to the Comédie Française, where he falls to his death through an open trap door. Joshua thereupon reveals to Reggie that he is U. S. Treasury agent Brian Cruikshank, accepts the stamps, and embraces the widow. 

Production Company: Stanley Donen Productions  
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures  
Director: Stanley Donen (Dir)
  Marc Maurette (Asst dir)
Producer: Stanley Donen (Prod)
  James Ware (Assoc prod)
  Arthur Carroll (Prod exec)
Writer: Peter Stone (Scr)
Photography: Charles Lang Jr. (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Jean d' Eaubonne (Art dir)
Film Editor: James Clark (Film ed)
Costumes: Givenchy (Miss Hepburn's clothes)
Music: Henry Mancini (Mus)
Sound: Jacques Carrère (Sd)
  Bob Jones (Sd)
Make Up: Alberto De Rossi (Makeup)
  John O'Gorman (Makeup)
Production Misc: Léopold Schlosberg (Prod mgr)
Country: United States

Songs: "Charade," music and lyrics by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer.
Composer: Henry Mancini
  Johnny Mercer
Source Text: Based on the short story "The Unsuspecting Wife" by Peter Stone and Marc Behm (publication undetermined).
Authors: Marc Behm
  Peter Stone

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd:

 
Genre: Mystery
 
Subjects (Major): Alps
  American Express
  Americans in foreign countries
  Comédie Française (Paris, France)
  Funerals
  Hotels
  Impersonation and imposture
  Murder
  Paris (France)
  Betrayal
  Impersonation and imposture
  Philately
  World War II--Resistance movements
  Secret agents
  Thieves
  United States. Central Intelligence Agency
  United States. Treasury Department
  Widows
  World War II

Note: Filmed in Paris, Megève, and the French Alps. 

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