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Forbidden Fruit (1952)
"Le fruit défendu" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  21 February 1959 (USA)
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A doctor in southern France takes a mistress but lives to regret it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Le docteur Charles Pellegrin
Françoise Arnoul ...
Martine Englebert
Jacques Castelot ...
Boquet - le propriétaire du 'Poker bar'
René Génin ...
Le docteur Marchandeau
Fernand Sardou ...
Fontvielle
Pierrette Bruno ...
Toinette - la garde-barrière
Manuel Gary ...
Jacky
Max Dalcourt
Odette Roger ...
(as Odette Charblay)
Mireille Ponsard
Micheline Gary ...
Léa
Hélène Tossy ...
Madame Rochemaure (as Hélène Tossis)
Jacques Gencel ...
Justin (as Jacky Gencel)
Yannick Malloire ...
Une fillette du docteur / Pellegrin's daughter (as Yanick Malloire)
Marie Martine ...
Une fillette du docteur
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Charles Pellegrin, 40-year-old country doctor, buys a practice in Arles, a provincial town near Marseille. In five years, he has a large practice and a lovely (but more efficient than passionate) wife, when he meets spectacularly sexy, sensuous Martine, who seduces him. Soon, he's honoring that old French custom of keeping a mistress. At first Martine brings romance, then passion into his life...then black jealously and despair. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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See it for Françoise Arnoul

Simenon's novel Lettre à mon juge is here filmed as Forbidden Fruit by a competent commercial director, Henri Verneuil, and a fine cast made up of Fernandel, Raymond Pellegrin, Sylvie, Claude Nollier and Françoise Arnoul. Fernandel, one of the finest actors of world cinema when he wasn't making Don Camillo pictures, does a wonderful impression of a man drowning in provincial bourgeois respectability whose life is turned upside down by a sexy young thing met by chance in a train station. There are several superb scenes: for instance, at the outdoor concert where the dancers wind through the crowd, thoroughly disturbing Dr. Pellegrin's guilty thoughts.

What happened to Françoise Arnoul's career? She's unforgettable as Martine, the thoughtless little adventurer who uses men as steps on a ladder. Her apotheosis came in French Can-Can two years later with Renoir; as Nini the seamstress turned dancer she made a sensation. The New Wave directors ignored her however, and she was stuck playing tarts in thrillers for many years.


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