Hotel Reserve

Synopsis: An Austrian medical student living and working in France is hauled in by the police while on holiday in the south of the country. Accused of espionage he is sent back to his hotel to find out who might really be the spy. Not only his freedom but his chance of becoming a French citizen rests on what he can uncover,
Genre: Thriller
79 min




Another drink before lunch, Skelton?

Major, anything to improve

Anglo-American relations.

I spent most of

my life in India.



Why did you do that?

I was enjoying it.

It bores me. You were singing it.

It's sentimental. Why not be

sentimental on our honeymoon?

Oh, yes, of course, our honeymoon.


You ought to know.

Come on.

I'll buy you champagne for lunch.

There's an article here

about the Australian Aborigines.

They catch their fish

with some kind of wooden harpoon.

There's nothing wrong

with my method.

YOU disturbed the fish.

This has got to stop.

Day after day, as soon as I am about

to catch a fish, you come by, paddling!

Hold it!

Thank you. That was perfect.

We're only too glad. Now perhaps

you'd take one of me by myself?

Sorry, that was my last film.

Mr Vadassy, will you be long?

I'm sorry, I couldn't miss those two.

It's my last film.

Yesterday, it was lizards

for your last film.

There must be something wrong with me.

No, you're not such a good model.

You can't stand still.

Because my hair gets in my eyes.

Why do you want hair?

It's usual.

I'm terribly sorry.

Forget it.

Let's go fishing this afternoon.

I'd love that.

Good. I must run to the village.

I left my negatives to be developed.

You'll miss lunch.

I'll hurry.


Is anything wrong, madame?

How many times have I told you

to decant one bottle at a time?

Now, don't let it happen again!

..Good morning. Madame. I'm glad my

guests are punctual for their meal.

You set a good example. Always

first to arrive. And last to leave.

..Morning, Major. Having fun?

Rather, dear lady.

Morning. ..Madame.

What have you been doing, M Duclos?

I've had a discussion on marine

biology with our fisherman friend.

He has a theory that the whale is not a

fish but a mammal. A mammal, I ask you!

You have so many interests, M Duclos.

Fools talk and wise men

listen, eh, M Vogel?

M Duclos needs a gag. Ssh!

Andre, he will hear you.

I don't care if he does. ..Albert!

Take this wine away. Champagne

and ice, quickly. Champagne?

You heard. ..Cru '28, isn't it?


..Bring a bottle at once.

Certainly, madame.

Ah, Miss...? Have you been fishing?

No, I'm going later with Mr Vadassy.

Monsieur, pleasant morning? Yes,

the Major and I discussed politics.

Politics? Yes, of

course we have.

I still don't understand

what a republican is.

Don't bother, Major, no-one does.

The same applies to the porpoise.

Everyone knows a porpoise is a fish.

No, they come inshore to breed.

And stay at the best hotels(!)

I'm serious. In subtropical waters,

the shallows are full of them. Impossible!

It's a biological fact.

I don't believe in facts.

Mankind is nature's

supreme achievement.

What have you done with your

young man, Miss Skelton?

Mr Vadassy?

He's not MY young man.

I never set eyes on him till yesterday.

My wife is a great matchmaker!

He has betrayed me for a lizard.

Her hair doesn't get in her eyes. Lizard?

He spent yesterday afternoon

taking her portrait.

He's gone for the photographs,

so he's late for lunch.

At the Hotel Reserve, one is never late

for lunch. I will speak to Mr Vadassy.

Anybody in?

Anybody in?

Yes, monsieur? That roll of film

I brought in, can I have it at once?

It's not ready yet.

Not ready?

But you said you'd have it this morning.

It shouldn't take all that time.

When will it be ready? It's not ready yet.

You haven't damaged the negative?

I wouldn't like anything

to happen to it. Oh, no, monsieur.

If you'd be good enough to

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Eric Ambler

Eric Clifford Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 – 22 October 1998) was an influential British author of thrillers, in particular spy novels, who introduced a new realism to the genre. He also worked as a screenwriter. Ambler used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. more…

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