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Ben Jonson (play)
Jules Romains (adaptation)
Release Date:
10 May 1941 (France) See more »
Volpone, an elderly Venetian, connives with his money-crazed servant to convince his greedy friends that he is dying... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Harry Baur ... Volpone

Louis Jouvet ... Mosca
Charles Dullin ... Corbaccio
Jean Témerson ... Voltore (as Témerson)

Fernand Ledoux ... Corvino
Jacqueline Delubac ... Colomba Corvino
Marion Dorian ... Canina
Alexandre Rignault ... Le capitaine Leone Corbaccio
Louis Frémont ... Le juge
Robert Seller ... Le chef des sbires
Jean Lambert ... Le chanteur
Pierre Gianotti ... Le donneur de sérénade (as P. Gianotti)
Colette Régis ... La marquise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alfred Baillou ... Un mendiant (uncredited)
Roger Blin ... Un vénitien (uncredited)
Henry Farty ... Un vénitien (uncredited)
Édouard Francomme ... Un vénitien (uncredited)
Rodolphe Marcilly ... Un vénitien (uncredited)
Marcel Melrac ... Un soldat (uncredited)
Pierre Moreno ... Le greffier (uncredited)
Pierre Sabbagh ... Un vénitien (uncredited)

Directed by
Maurice Tourneur 
Jacques de Baroncelli (some scenes) (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ben Jonson  play
Jules Romains  adaptation
Jules Romains  dialogue
Stefan Zweig  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Elisabeth Soutzo .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Marcel Delannoy 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard 
Film Editing by
Marcel Cravenne  (as Marcel Cohen)
Production Design by
André Barsacq 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Gut 
Jean Perrier 
Costume Design by
Boris Bilinsky 
Makeup Department
Georges Klein .... head makeup artist
Production Management
A. Hertz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edouard Lepage .... assistant director
Jacques Tourneur .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Guirlinger .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
René Colas .... camera operator
André Dumaître .... assistant camera
Robert Taverne .... assistant camera
Music Department
Roger Desormière .... musical director
Other crew
Suzanne Bon .... script girl
René Decrais .... head costumier
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Recording)
France:U (Visa #357) | Sweden:15

Did You Know?

Begun in 1938 by Jacques de Baroncelli (with Jean Tissier), the production shut down because of financial difficulties. Maurice Tourneur took over and the shooting resumed on 23rd March 1940 (minus Jean Tissier). The scenes shot in 1938 were incorporated in the final print.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Le bourreau des coeurs (1983)See more »


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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
How Time Changes, 1 June 2005
Author: Cineanalyst

The print I saw was of very poor quality, but that doesn't appear to matter. This is a filmed play, with totally uninteresting cinematography. The idea of actors acting, with all the pranks and scheming is promising, but not here. This isn't funny. If there was supposed to be some satire, it is lost.

I suppose it is not uncommon, but this film, "Volpone", directed by Maurice Tourneur bares no resemblance to the films of his made three or so decades ago. In the 1910s into the 1920s, Tourneur was a pioneer the new art form in the states. His films were interestingly photographed for the times. "The Wishing Ring: An Idyll of Old England" (1914) referenced theatre, but in a rather cinematic way. "Volpone" is just one of the films he made in France, but it seems antagonistic to a filmmaker who was forging an identity for cinema more independent of theatre.

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