Thursday, November 19, 2015

Eiffle Tower Films

I know we're all in shock after this past weekend and the horrible events in Paris. I thought I'd do a tribute to the Eiffel Tower - such an iconic part of Paris. So this post will be devoted to films that feature this magnificent landmark.

First from 1949, the film The Man on the Eiffel TowerIn Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower. 

From 1951 is the film, The Lavender Hill Mob. Remember this one? A meek clerk (Alec Guinness), his buddy (Stanley Holloway) and crooks melt hijacked Bank of England gold into Eiffel Tower souvenirs. Hilarious adventures follow - some on the Eiffel Tower itself.   

James Bond (Roger Moore) got in the act in 1985 with some great shots from the Eiffel Tower in A View To a Kill. This is the 14th in the James Bond series.  Watch for a very young Christopher Walken and a very weird Grace Jones.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.