Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.
Oddly mixing history drama with a (complicated) Noir crime plot the movie actually manages to create atmosphere and suspense.
Halliwell*: "Moderate period melodrama with an attractive though artificial look."
Maltin***: "Vivied costume drama...Moss is particularly good as the elegantly, eloquently evil Foucher. Stunningly photographed by John Alton; every shot is a painting!"