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The Respectful Whore (1952)

La p... respectueuse (original title)
Fred, the nephew of a senator,has murdered a Black man on a train. The two only witnesses are Lizzie McKay, a prostitute from New York, and Sidney, a colored man. Fred decides to seduce ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Laage ...
Ivan Desny ...
Fred Clarke - le fils du sénateur
Walter Bryant ...
Teddy Barnes - le sénateur
Yolande Laffon ...
Marie - la soeur du sénateur
Nicolas Vogel ...
Un client du night-club
Marcel Journet
Jacques Hilling ...
L'ivrogne du night-club
Schetting
Marie Olivier ...
Annie - une copine de Lizzie
Jean Danet ...
Un client du night-club
Roland Bailly
André Valmy ...
Georges - le patron du club
Jacques Sandri
Pierre Paulet ...
(as Paulet)
Harold
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Fred, the nephew of a senator,has murdered a Black man on a train. The two only witnesses are Lizzie McKay, a prostitute from New York, and Sidney, a colored man. Fred decides to seduce Lizzie in order to make her give false evidence according to which Sidney has attempted to rape her. The uncle also puts pressure on the young woman. After much hesitation, Lizzie finally accepts but Sidney, who has nearly got lynched, takes refuge at her home... Written by Guy Bellinger

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8 October 1952 (France)  »

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The Respectful Prostitute  »

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Marcel Herrand's last film. See more »

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Version of Den respektfulla skökan (1960) See more »

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Interesting for it's feel, which is that of American movies of the period.
8 October 2001 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

Respectful Prostitute looks and feels like most American movies of the late 40's and early 50's. The stark difference being the story. It tells of a prostitute from New York who witnesses the murder of a black man by a Senator's son on a train headed to the South. It was made in France and is very critical of America. It reminded me very much of To Kill A Mockingbird, if you replaced that movies naivety with cold cynicism. At first I thought the ending was out of step with the rest of the film, but looking back I realize how perfectly it works with the feel. It is the American ending, and it sheds a last harsh, ironic light on America. 8/10


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