The literal translation of Le Feu aux Poudres is The Burning Fuse. The title itself is symbolic, referring to the fact that time is running out for its protagonist, undercover policeman Raymond Pellegrin. Infiltrating a gang of gunrunners, Pellegrin makes a tactical error by falling in love with the gang-leader's moll (Francoise Fabian). As much a musical as an actioner, Le Feu aux Poudres even allows one of the villains (Dario Moreno) to burst into song! Le Feu aux Poudres represented writer-director Henri Decoin's return to films after a two-year absence.
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