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30 November 1951 (France) See more »
Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Michel Simon ... Paul Louis Victor Braconnier

Jean Debucourt ... Maître Aubanel
Jacques Varennes ... Le procureur
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... La fleuriste
Germaine Reuver ... Blandine Braconnier (as Madame Reuver)

Pauline Carton ... La mercière
Albert Duvaleix ... L'abbé Méthivier (as Duvaleix)
Henry Laverne ... Le président
Jacques de Féraudy ... M. Brun
Jacques Derives ... Jules

Louis de Funès ... André
Luce Fabiole ... La servante du curé
Yvonne Hébert ... Julie
Roger Poirier ... Un geôlier (as Poirier)
André Dalibert ... Le gendarme (as Dalibert)
Max Dejean ... L'épicier (as Dejean)
Michel Nastorg ... Le brigadier (as Nastorg)
Nicolas Amato ... Victor (as Amato)
Louis Eymond ... Le secrétaire (as Eymond)
Marianne Romain
Suzanne Dantès ... (voice)
Jacques Morel ... (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maurice Pierrat ... (voice)
Thérèse Quantin ... Marthe
Marcelle Arnold ... Germaine (uncredited)
Jean Bachelet ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Henri Belly ... Un voisin (uncredited)
Georges Bever ... Le pharmacien (uncredited)
Robert Dumesnil ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Maria Fromet ... Mlle. Aubanel (uncredited)
François Gir ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)

Sacha Guitry ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Harry-Max ... Henri (uncredited)
Claude Jacomet ... Un gamin (uncredited)
Fernand Janisse ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Raymond Lamy ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Odette Lemarchand ... Elle-même / Herself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Guy Lenoir ... Un gamin (uncredited)
Louiguy ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Alain Malloire ... Un gamin (uncredited)
Michel Malloire ... Un gamin (uncredited)
Yannick Malloire ... La petite fille (uncredited)
Robert Mercier ... Gandin (uncredited)
P. Paillet ... Un gamin (uncredited)
N. Pfaff ... Un gamin (uncredited)
Émile Riandreys ... Un geôlier (uncredited)
René Ribault ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Marthe Sarbel ... Ernestine (uncredited)
Robert Sussfeld ... Lui-même / Himself - in opening credits (uncredited)
Maurice Teynac ... Un avocat (uncredited)
Jimmy Urbain ... (uncredited)
M. Urbain ... Un gamin (uncredited)
Léon Walther ... L'avocat général (uncredited)

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sacha Guitry 

Produced by
Jean Le Duc .... executive producer
Alain Poiré .... executive producer
Paul Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Jean Bachelet 
Film Editing by
Raymond Lamy 
Production Design by
Robert Dumesnil 
Production Management
Irénée Leriche .... unit production manager
Robert Sussfeld .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
François Gir .... assistant director
Sound Department
Fernand Janisse .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Heil .... still photographer
René Ribault .... camera operator (as René Ribaud)
Other crew
Odette Lemarchand .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La poison" - France (original title)
"Poison" - International (English title) (imdb display title), USA
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in La saga Pignon (2001) (V)See more »


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The Chimera and The Clown, 23 March 2013
Author: kurosawakira from Onomichi, 1953

One is perfectly justified to see this as social satire, but for me Guthry's "La poison" (1951) is, above all, an easygoing, darkly humorous and witty pastiche on acting in all its forms – taking on roles in marriage, in society, in one's own eyes, in others' eyes, and of course, in a film. The opening introductory credit sequence sets the mood perfectly, as there we are explicitly shown that we will witness a performance that has been carefully planned, all actors, actresses and staff selected. I don't think this is just a stylistic whim of exuberance, it's an actual set-up for us. There are several references to theatre with exits and entrances through doors, and space is handled with confines, scenes as separate entities, spaces as separate entities. And then there's the central scene in the lawyer's office, where they literally create a fabrication that when inverted becomes the desired reality for Simon's character. Reconstruction, deconstruction, all of this means the same in this wonderful scene.

The chimera and the clown, death and joy – that's what the film is also about. This contrast of tragedy and comedy, its light-hearted darkness, presents itself also in the title, playing with the meaning of poison ("le poison" in French, with the masculine article) and the mocking identifier "la poison" (with the feminine article) given to… well, by all means watch the film and you'll find out.

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