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Lady Killer (1937)
"Gueule d'amour" (original title)

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Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women. He met Madeleine Courtois at Cannes. She is beautiful and lives in luxury. He lends her... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mireille Balin ...
Pierre Etchepare ...
Le patron de l'hôtel
Henri Poupon ...
Monsieur Cailloux
Jean Aymé ...
Le valet de chambre (as Jean Ayme)
Pierre Magnier ...
Le commandant
Marguerite Deval ...
Madame Courtois
René Lefèvre ...
Jane Marken ...
Madame Cailloux (as Jeanne Marken)
Paulette Noizeux ...
L'épouse au face à main
André Siméon ...
Le patron du restaurant (as Siméon)
Pierre Labry ...
Lucien Dayle ...
Un client
Louis Florencie ...
Le dîneur (as Florencie)
Paul Fournier ...
Un client


Lucien Bourrache, a good looking non-commissioned officer at the Spahis, is used to charm many women. He met Madeleine Courtois at Cannes. She is beautiful and lives in luxury. He lends her a large amount of money, which she loses gambling. Then she drops him. But Lucien is now in love, and once demobilized, he goes to Paris to find her again. But he's not so sexy without his uniform, and Madeleine and him do not belong to the same milieu. Written by Yepok

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Release Date:

15 September 1937 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A nők bálványa  »

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An overlooked Gremillon work.
11 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Nowadays,when critics speak of Gremillon,they often mention "remorques","lumière d'été" "le ciel est à vous" (which ran into difficulties at the end of the war as "le corbeau" ,but on opposite grounds:Clouzot's work was deemed too black when Gremillon's was judged too "white" ,too "pétainiste".)"gueule d'amour" is rarely talked about.

So "gueule d'amour' is unfairly dismissed as "melodrama".Sure it is,but ,as Stahl,Sirk,Minelli and countless others have shown in America,melodrama is a valuable genre.Gabin, a good-looking legionnaire,is under a bitch's spell.This woman (Balin) dreams of luxury,abetted by an unscrupulous hateful mother.So she stalks rich preys,and Gabin,even if she loves him ,is nothing more than a pastime for her.The best scenes deal with Balin in one of her rich lover's flat ,with her despicable mama who acts as if she's at home,and Gabin's helpless attempts to make her comprehend what true love means.But it's too late,she's rotten to the core.The last part is less convincing:the M.O. of Gabin's former regiment tells his mate he's found love with a wonderful woman.Guess who she is?That's the biggest flaw of the movie and the ending is too predictable.

By and large,"Gueule d'amour" is an absorbing movie which influenced Yves Allégret .The mother character is close to Jane Marken's in

"manèges" (1949).Spiteful gossips will tell it's the same misogyny.

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