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La Chienne (1931)
"La chienne" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  30 April 1976 (USA)
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janie Marèse ...
Lucienne 'Lulu' Pelletier (as Janie Marèze)
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Andre 'Dédé' Govain
Magdeleine Bérubet ...
Adèle Legrand
Roger Gaillard ...
Alexis Godard (as Gaillard)
Jean Gehret ...
Dugodet
Alexandre Rignault ...
Langelard
Lucien Mancini ...
Wallstein (as Mancini)
Marcel Courmes ...
Colonel
Max Dalban ...
Bonnard
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Amedée
Romain Bouquet ...
Henriot
Pierre Desty ...
Gustave
Jane Pierson ...
Concierge
Christian Argentin ...
Examining judge (as Argentin)
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money. Written by Yepok

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In order to change her own "over-refined" accent into that of a low class girl, Renoir made Marese imitate Maurice Chevalier. See more »

Goofs

When Lulu reads her books, she is on the left side of the bed (1:06:16). But when Maurice sits down, she jumps to the right side in the next shot. See more »


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very good but much different than the remake
13 October 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Even though the movie Scarlet Street is a remake of La Chienne, they bear many differences in the plot and tone of the movie. While Scarlet Street is very Film Noir in style, the original film (La Chienne) is an odd movie that is very hard to classify because it seems made up of several different genres AND because it deliberately avoids going the directions you think it will. While not a terrific movie (the plot lags here and there and the acting, with the exception of the fantastic Simon, is uneven). I give the movie a lot of credit for trying to be different and for a 1931 French film, the production values are good.

Although I will not explain exactly how they differ, know that this French film does not follow the Hayes code so it will seem a bit seamier than the American version and the ending is anything but Hollywood inspired. In fact, the French version is MUCH better, because the later Hollywood film "cops out" and tacks on a much more predictable and sanitized ending. Now that I think about it, chienne" means "bitch"--this SHOULD clue you in that the French film is indeed seedier.


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