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Release Date:
21 November 1955 (USA) See more »
See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT! (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Perhaps the greatest suspense film ever See more (147 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Simone Signoret ... Nicole Horner

Véra Clouzot ... Christina Delassalle (as Vera Clouzot)
Paul Meurisse ... Michel Delassalle

Charles Vanel ... Alfred Fichet, le commissaire

Jean Brochard ... Plantiveau, le concierge
Thérèse Dorny ... Mme. Herboux

Michel Serrault ... M. Raymond, le surveillant
Georges Chamarat ... Dr. Loisy
Robert Dalban ... Le garagiste
Camille Guérini ... Le photographe (as Camille Guerini)
Jacques Hilling ... L'employé de la morgue

Jean Lefebvre ... Le soldat
Aminda Montserrat ... Madame Plantiveau
Jean Témerson ... Le garçon d'hôtel (as Jean Temerson)
Jacques Varennes ... M. Bridoux, professeur

Georges Poujouly ... Soudieu, un élève
Yves-Marie Maurin ... Moinet, une jeune Moynet
Noël Roquevert ... M. Herboux
Pierre Larquey ... M.Drain, professeur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Pierre Bonnefous ... Le jeune De Gascuel (uncredited)
Christian Brocard ... Un homme à la morgue (uncredited)
Jean Clarieux ... Le chauffeur (uncredited)
Henri Coutet ... L'employé de la morgue (uncredited)
Michel Dumur ... Le jeune Ritberger (uncredited)

Johnny Hallyday ... Un élève (uncredited)
Henri Humbert ... Patard, le jeune Patard (uncredited)
Roberto Rodrigo ... Le petit Jose (uncredited)
Madeleine Suffel ... La dégraisseuse (uncredited)
Jimmy Urbain ... Un élève (uncredited)

Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot  (as H.G. Clouzot)
Writing credits
Pierre Boileau (novel "Celle qui n'était plus") (as Boileau) and
Thomas Narcejac (novel "Celle qui n'était plus") (as Narcejac)

Henri-Georges Clouzot (scenario and dialogue) (as H.G. Clouzot) and
Jérôme Géronimi (scenario and dialogue) (as Jérôme Geronimi)

René Masson (collaboration) &
Frédéric Grendel (collaboration)

Produced by
Henri-Georges Clouzot .... producer (as H.G. Clouzot)
Georges Lourau .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Van Parys 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug 
Art Direction by
Léon Barsacq 
Costume Design by
Carven (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Anatole Paris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Louis de Masure .... production manager
Georges Testard .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Romanoff .... assistant director
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (as William-Robert Sivel)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Dicop .... assistant camera
Daniel Diot .... assistant camera
Robert Juillard .... camera operator
Jean Lallier .... camera operator
Louis Née .... camera operator (as Louis Nee)
Jacques Robin .... camera operator
Robert Joffres .... still photographer (uncredited)
Léo Mirkine .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Heinz .... English version
Jeanne Witta .... script supervisor (as Jeanne Witta-Montrobert)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les diaboliques" - France (original title)
"The Devils" - USA (TV title)
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116 min | UK:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (A.R.T.E.C.)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (1968) | Finland:(Banned) (1966) | Finland:K-18 (1956) | France:U (Visa #14131) | France:-16 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 | Italy:16+ (original rating) | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:16 (2012) (DVD) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:12A | UK:15 (re-rating) (1985) | UK:X (original rating) (1955) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)

Did You Know?

Some twelve weeks into the production, Simone Signoret received notice that rehearsals had begun for a stage version of "The Crucible" in which she was starring. She had originally thought there would be no conflict since the shoot was only supposed to go eight weeks and wrap a solid month before The Crucible rehearsals started. Henri-Georges Clouzot would not rearrange the shooting schedule to accommodate her and she had to go straight from the set to rehearsals for the play, get a few hours of sleep in between (maybe) and start over again.See more »
[first lines]
Plantiveau, le concierge:Headmaster!
Michel Delassalle:Yes.
Plantiveau, le concierge:Isn't it time I rang the bell?
Michel Delassalle:It's okay. I'll unload the car myself.
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53 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps the greatest suspense film ever, 14 October 2004
Author: andyman618 ( from North Carolina

Another terrific suspense film from Henri-Georges Clouzot, Les Diaboliques (also known as "Diabolique") is a tense story of murder, suspicion and revenge. The plot revolves around two women, Christina (Vera Clouzot) and Nicole (Simone Signoret) who conspire to murder the brutish man who is Christina's husband and Nicole's lover Michel, played by the delightfully sullen Paul Meurisse. He is the principal of a boarding school for boys who relies on Vera's money to support his excesses, and the two women are both teachers at the school.

Vera has her doubts about committing murder, even though Michel is incredibly abusive. But Nicole convinces her to help drug and then drown Michel. All seems to be going well until Michels body goes missing and the two women turn against each other. The situation is complicated further by the appearance of a retired police inspector who is determined to help Vera find her "missing" husband, despite the poor woman's protests. The tension continues to mount until the hair-raising climax.

This movie is on a par with some of Hitchcock's best work, although Clouzot doesn't mix much humor in with the suspense, as Hitch often did. However, Vera's interaction with the droll inspector does provides some chuckles. Unlike his previous film, The Wages Of Fear, Clouzot doesn't spend a whole lot of time on the set-up of the plot, but gets right to the meat of the matter, and from there Diabolique rolls along very quickly with barely a letup in the action.

I can't believe it took me so long to see this masterpiece. Highly recommended.

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