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The Eye of the Monocle (L'oeil du monocle)

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The Eye of the Monocle
(L'oeil du monocle)
Loeil du monocle Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Georges Lautner
Release Date 1962
Language French
Studio Les Films Borderie
Orex Films
Distributor Pathe Consortium Cinema
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commandant (Maj.) Théobald Dromard alias "The Monocle" Paul Meurisse
Diana Gaia Germani
Poussin Robert Dalban
Erika Murger Elga Andersen
Matlov Charles Millot
Schlumpf Paul Mercey
Bob Dugoinneau Raymond Meunier
Martigue Maurice Biraud
Archiloque Henri Cogan
Major Cyring Richard Larke

The Eye of the Monocle (L'oeil du monocle) is a 1962 French B&W adventure comedy directed by Georges Lautner and starring Paul Meurisse, Gaia Germani and Elga Andersen. In September 1943 a cargo of Nazi archives and gold was submerged off Corsica by a German frogmen unit. Eighteen years later, the sole survivor Hektor Schlumpf returns to Corsica to get the treasure. The French secret service enter into a contract with Schlumpf and send Théobald Dromard alias "The Monocle" (Meurisse) to protect him from the British and Soviet agents who are also on the hunt for the precious wartime documents.

The movie is the second in the trilogy about the adventures of "The Monocle", preceeded by The Black Monocle (Le Monocle noir) (1961) and followed by The Monocle Laughs (Le Monocle rit jaune) (1964).

The following weapons were used in the film The Eye of the Monocle (L'oeil du monocle):



The secret agent of the French military intelligence service, Commandant (Maj.) Théobald Dromard alias "The Monocle" (Paul Meurisse) carries an M1911A1 pistol.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Dromard blows off the smoke of the barrel of his discharged pistol.
Dromard holds his pistol in the scene in Martigue's workshop.
Dromard in shootout with Matlov's men.
Dromard holds the pistol in the final scene.

Luger P08

In the opening scene, set in 1943, a German officer (cameo of film director Georges Lautner) holds a Luger P08. Schlumpf (Paul Mercey), Major Cyring (Richard Larke), Archiloque (Henri Cogan), Archiloque's and Matlov's men use Lugers in several scenes.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
A German officer draws his Luger.
He kills another officer who was in charge for the hiding of the treasure.
Schlumpf carries a Luger tucked into his belt.
One of Matlov's men fires a Luger at Dromard but is gunned down by return fire.
Schlumpf holds a Luger.
A close-up of Archiloque's pistol.
Archiloque threatens Erica.
Archiloque's man fires a Luger during the shootout in the restaurant.

Luger LP08 "Artillery"

Dromard's aide Poussin (Robert Dalban) carries a Luger LP08 "Artillery" pistol. Archiloque's henchman (Michel Duplaix) uses an "Artillery" Luger in the shootout in the restaurant.

Luger LP08 "Artillery" model - 9x19mm
Loeil du monocle-P08Artillery-2.jpg
Poussin kills Matlov's man.
Archiloque's henchman fires an "Artillery" Luger.
Poussin holds his pistol during the shootout in the restaurant.

Mauser C96

During the shootout in the restaurant Matlov (Charles Millot) and Archiloque (Henri Cogan) fire Mauser C96 pistols.

Mauser C96 "Pre-War Commercial" - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Matlov fires his Mauser C96.
Loeil du monocle-MauserC96-2.jpg
Archiloque fires his Mauser C96.

Beretta M1934

One of Matlov's men holds a Beretta M1934 in several scenes.

Beretta M1934 - .380 ACP
Matlov's man fires his pistol at Schlumpf.
Same man confronts Poussin.

Submachine Guns


In the opening scene one of the German soldiers carries an MP40. Matlov's men use MP40s in several scenes.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Loeil du monocle-MP40-2.jpg
A German soldier with MP40 in the opening scene.
One Matlov's men fires an MP40 during the shootout in Martigue's workshop.


French Foreign Legion soldiers on parade carry MAT-49 SMGs.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
A Legionnaire carries a MAT-49.


Mauser 98 Sporter

Archiloque (Henri Cogan) and his henchman (Michel Duplaix) use a Mauser 98 Sporter rifle with sniper scope in an attempt on Dromard.

Mauser 98 Sporter with scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The henchman with the rifle.
He aims.
Archiloque takes the rifle.
The double trigger set is a frequent feature of Mauser Sporter rifles.

Karabiner 98k

In the opening scene several German soldiers are armed with Karabiner 98k rifles.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Manufactured in Germany, 1937.
Soldiers on the boat hold Kar 98k rifles.
Soldiers fall under gunfire.
Karabiner 98k rifles next the killed soldiers.

Mauser rifle

At least one of the Mauser rifles of the German soldiers is not a 98k but some different model, with straight bolt handle. Vz. 24 Czech Mauser is a possible guess but the barrel is seen only partially, and it's impossible to make a strict identification.

For comparison: Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Loeil du monocle-Mauser98-1.jpg
One of the rifles of the killed soldiers has a straight bolt handle.


French Foreign Legion soldiers on parade carry MAS-49/56 rifles with bayonets.

MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
Loeil du monocle-MAS4956-1.jpg
Loeil du monocle-MAS4956-2.jpg

Machine Guns


In the opening scene German soldiers use an MG42 machine gun with AA sights.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Loeil du monocle-MG42-2.jpg
The machine gun fires.
The MG42 on position.
The MG42 fires at attacking airplanes.



A Focke-Wulf FW 190 fighter plane is seen is the wartime footage. The standard armament of FW 190 consists of four 20 mm MG 151 autocannons and two 13 mm MG 131 machine guns.
An unknown machine gun in ventral mounting.
A Martin B-26 Marauder bomber.


Ships of the Marine nationale francaise in Toulon. Arromanches aircraft carrier is seen at the foreground left.
D622 Kersaint destroyer, P642 L'Opiniatre coastal patrol vessel, and an unknown submarine. Twin 5" main gun and 57mm twin AA gun are seen on Kersaint. L'Opiniatre is armed with two single Bofors 40mm.

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