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Le Corbeau: The Raven (1943)
"Le corbeau" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  28 September 1943 (France)
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French village doctor becomes target of poison-pen letters sent to village leaders, accusing him of affairs and practicing abortion.


(as Henri Georges Clouzot)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginette Leclerc ...
Denise Saillens
Micheline Francey ...
Laura Vorzet
Héléna Manson ...
Marie Corbin - l'infirmière
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
La mercière
La mère du cancéreux
Liliane Maigné ...
Rolande Saillens
Pierre Larquey ...
Michel Vorzet
Noël Roquevert ...
Saillens - la maître d'école
Bernard Lancret ...
Le substitut
Antoine Balpêtré ...
Le docteur Delorme (as Antoine Balpétré)
Bonnevie - le trésorier de l'hôpital
Pierre Bertin ...
Le sous-préfet
Louis Seigner ...
Roger Blin ...
François - le cancéreux du 13


A vicious series of poison-pen letters spreads rumours, suspicion and fear among the inhabitants of a small French town, and one after another, they turn on each other as their hidden secrets are unveiled - but the one secret that no-one can uncover is the identity of the letters' author... Written by Michael Brooke <>

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Une petite ville comme il en est tant en France. [Original Version] See more »


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28 September 1943 (France)  »

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The Raven  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When France was liberated from the German occupation, some crew and cast members of the film were suspended from working in the film industry because they had worked for Continental Films, a German company: actor Noël Roquevert was suspended for 3 months, production designer Andrej Andrejew for 9 months, actress Micheline Francey for a year, and the director Henri-Georges Clouzot for two years. See more »


[first lines]
Le docteur Rémy Germain: [washes blood off his arms] I saved the mother.
Grand-mother: And the baby?
Le docteur Rémy Germain: No.
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Referenced in Camp de Thiaroye (1988) See more »

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Well-crafted suspense classic
21 March 1999 | by (New Haven, CT) – See all my reviews

If you liked "Diabolique" and "Wages of Fear" check out this earlier, equally good film by the same director. I was confused a bit by the quick introduction to all the characters, but the suspense is maintained and controlled with precision. The final 15 minutes are gemlike, a shuffling of possibilities, and the final 30 seconds a quick succession of powerful images. If you like whodunits, like Rene Claire's "And Then There Were None" you will like this one.

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