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Arsène Lupin is a French TV show which was co-produced with German, Canadian, Belgian, Dutch, Swiss, Italian and Austrian TV stations. It was only loosely based on Maurice Leblancs novels.

Georges Descrières' portrayal of Arsène Lupin showed more similarity to Graf Yoster than to Maurice Leblanc's original. He behaved in the first place as a perfect gentleman who never got angry. He was always relaxed, because whatever could possibly had bothered him in daily life was taken care of by his butler. It wasn't questioned how he had come to his financial independence although the series sometimes discreetly implied that he was a professional criminal. Besides rescuing damsels in distress Lupin took on criminals, competing with their wit and intelligence. Either he stole paintings from rich people who had to be considered white-collar criminals or he acted as a detective who derailed criminal schemes. However, when he was attacked, he could defend himself effortlessly by using elegant jujutsu methods.

Among the guest stars were German actors such as Günter Strack and Sky du Mont.

Jean-Paul Salomé said in his commentary on the DVD version of his film Arsène Lupin he had like this series as a child. German TV, one the investors, would broadcast the show eventually between 18:00-20:00 o'clock because it was only allowed to show commercials within that very timeslot. For them to get a financial return on investment the show had to be appropriate for families and also for children who would watch it alone. Subsequently it was nearby to ask to defuse and flatten some of Leblanc's plots in order to avoid possible complaints that could force the station to broadcast the show beyond the "Vorabendprogramm".

  1. Jacques Nahum


Series Cast

  1. Georges Descrières as Arsène Lupin

    Georges Descrières

    Arsène Lupin

    26 Episodes

  2. Marthe Keller as Natacha

    Marthe Keller


    26 Episodes

  3. Yvon Bouchard as Grognard

    Yvon Bouchard


    26 Episodes

  4. Roger Carel as commissaire Guerchard

    Roger Carel

    commissaire Guerchard

    26 Episodes

  5. Henri Virlogeux as Herlock Sholmès

    Henri Virlogeux

    Herlock Sholmès

    26 Episodes

  6. Yves Barsacq as Wilson

    Yves Barsacq


    26 Episodes

  7. Jacques Monod as le préfet de police

    Jacques Monod

    le préfet de police

    26 Episodes

  8. Bernard Giraudeau as Isidore Beautrelet

    Bernard Giraudeau

    Isidore Beautrelet

    26 Episodes

  9. Kathrin Ackermann as Lady Dora Bakefield

    Kathrin Ackermann

    Lady Dora Bakefield

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1973 • 13 Episodes

Season 2 of Arsène Lupin premiered on December 18, 1973.

Le Coffre-fort de madame Imbert

(2x13, February 16, 1974) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language French


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