Caper movies are irresistible to some, and MÉLODIE EN SOUS-SOL (ANY NUMBER CAN WIN) certainly fits the bill. It's no RIFIFI CHEZ LES HOMMES, but the French did have a flair for this kind of thing and it works right through to the end, even if we'd like to know just a bit more at that point. Alain Delon bargained to make this film, hoping to expand his fame beyond France and Italy. He's very good as the beautiful bad boy, a taker and a cheat who'll do whatever it takes to get ahead, without actually working. Jean Gabin plays his usual character: grumpy, rattling off instructions. It's good, but we've seen it before. At least they didn't pair him with a much younger woman this time. The heist is excitingly, and realistically handled. Henri Verneuil was a master by this point, directing it all, with locations mostly in Cannes. Only complaint: the annoying, relentless music score.