Une ravissante idiote

Une ravissante idiote (English: The Ravishing Idiot) is a 1964 Cold War comedy directed by Édouard Molinaro. François Billetdoux and André Tabet wrote a screenplay based on Charles Exbrayat 1962 novel of the same name. Brigitte Bardot and Anthony Perkins star as the protagonists in the Franco-Italian production.

Une Ravissante Idiote
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Directed byÉdouard Molinaro
Produced byMichel Ardan
Written by(Screenplay)
François Billetdoux
André Tabet
Charles Exbrayat
StarringBrigitte Bardot
Anthony Perkins
Music byMichel Legrand
CinematographyAndréas Winding
Edited byRobert Isnardon
Release date
  • March 13, 1964 (1964-03-13) (France)
Running time
105 min
Box office2,186,603 admissions (France)[1]

The film was also released as Agent 38-24-36 in the United States.


A Soviet spy (Perkins) is on an official mission to obtain sensitive information from NATO about military mobilization. The klutzy intelligence operative has to rely on the instinct of his new partner and love-interest Penelope Lightfeather (Bardot) as they traipse across the countryside, avoiding counter intelligence agents and distrustful communist operatives.[2]



The film was shot in London[2] and the French countryside. Production was affected for three days after Perkins suffered a sprained ankle while filming chase scenes through the woods with Bardot.[3]

As he was fluent in French, this is one of several French-language roles that Perkins took on.[4]


  • Blake, Matt; Deal, David (2004). The Eurospy Guide. Baltimore: Luminary Press. ISBN 1-887664-52-1.


  1. Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. Singer, Barnett (2006). Brigitte Bardot: A Biography. McFarland.
  3. TIME. Volume 82, part 2. 1964. p. 164.
  4. Winecoff, Charles (2006). Anthony Perkins: Split Image. Advocate Books.
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