The Rat

UK 1925. Dir Graham Cutts.

With Ivor Novello, Isabel Jeans. 80min.

Ivor Novello plays Pierre Boucheron, “the Rat,” in this tale of the Paris underworld. A jewel thief who commands the allegiance of the denizens of the White Coffin Club, he meets his match in Zelie de Chaumet, the dazzling demi-mondaine who is also accustomed to dog-like obedience. With style written right through it, from the opulent string of pearls that she dangles before him, to the flick knife with which he slits his partner’s skirt in the brutal apache dance, The Rat is quintessentially Twenties.