Sanders is the title character, using every woman he meets to advance up the social ladder in Paris during the latter half of the 19th century. Carradine gets him a job on a French newspaper, and Sanders marries his wife after Carradine dies, enabling him to get half the inheritance money.
He then dumps her in favor of a chance to acquire a royal title. His womanizing doesn't go over well, however, and he is challenged to a duel, during which he gets killed. Sanders plays his part to the maximum, leering lustfully at females but never giving in to Lansbury, the only woman he has a
chance with. A fine adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's excellent story, beautifully ph...