GREG PROOPS FILM CLUB: Touchez Pas au Grisbi

Greg Proops (one of the most mind-warpingly quick-draw improv comics on earth) records the latest episode of his monthly Film Club podcast live — and then it’s time for Touchez Pas au Grisbi. Greg sez: Touchez pas au grisbi means, “Hands off the loot.” It’s that simple baby. Classic Noir and all-time groovy French gangster film. The immortal Jean Gabin, whose face looks like a punch being thrown, is a world-weary hood who is pulled out of retirement to do one last job when his pal is kidnapped. A duplicitous dame — the very young Jeanne Moreau — has spilled the beans to her gangster boyfriend and the game is on. Can the old man beat the fresh punks? Elegant and understated, the first time I saw this people in the theater cheered for a refrigerator full of champagne in his throw-down crib in Paris. Classy action with dark exteriors, showgirls, and tommy guns. Be there and wear shades. Sadly you must smoke outside. Unmissable if you are cool.

Dir Jacques Becker, 1954, 35mm, 94 min.

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