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Writers:
Pierre Boileau (novel) and
Thomas Narcejac (novel) ...
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Release Date:
21 November 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT! (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Mystery Extraordinaire See more (147 total) »

Cast

  (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-Montrobert .... script supervisor
 
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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Runtime:
116 min | UK:92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (A.R.T.E.C.)
Certification:
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)
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Trivia:
Simone Signoret hadn't read her contract closely before signing it and didn't realize she was to be paid for only eight weeks, regardless. After sixteen weeks and a wrap, she found out Henri-Georges Clouzot was only going to pay her for the contractually obligated eight. She protested but the outcome didn't change. By the end of the shoot, according to Signoret, she, Véra Clouzot and Henri were no longer on speaking terms. Paul Meurisse and Jean Renoir, who was next door filming _French Cancan (1954)_, were the only ones who made the shoot bearable for her.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Christina drugs Michael on the bed she takes his shoes off, but when she and Nicole carry Michael to the bathtub his shoes are back on.See more »
Quotes:
[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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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Mystery Extraordinaire, 26 August 2007
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

Set in a French boarding school for boys, "Les Diaboliques" tells the story of two teachers, Christina (played by Vera Clouzot), and Nicole (played by Simone Signoret), who conspire to kill the sadistic headmaster, a man who also happens to be Christina's abusive husband.

Like most murder mysteries, the story is highly improbable; nevertheless, the film is still hugely entertaining, thanks in part to plot twists and turns that even Agatha Christie would admire, and to the film's B&W lighting, that renders a noirish, sinister atmosphere.

The first half is interesting and tightly plotted. But the real strength of the film's underlying premise begins at the mid-point plot turn. The second half is riveting, because the tight plot begins to ooze with mystery and suspense. It builds to a final ten minutes that are as frightening as almost any ending in film history; dark interiors, shadows, ominous light at the end of a long hallway, a general absence of sound, a gloved hand, a scream, and an unexpected image. It's the very definition of spine-tingling suspense.

There is a clue to help solve the story's mystery in the film's first ten minutes; but like any good mystery, that clue is very subtle. All the film's acting is excellent, even down to the children actors. And, Simone Signoret is as wonderful here as she is in all of her other movies.

English subtitles require a little more work for viewers who cannot understand the French dialogue; yet, the story, the acting, and the cinematography should more than offset this minor irritation. Background music occurs only during the film's title sequence and closing credits; this general absence of music thus enhances suspense.

Although not strictly speaking a whodunit, "Les Diaboliques" is a classic murder mystery that has earned a well-deserved reputation for setting the standard for cinematic suspense. The story is riveting, and the film is technically well made. More recent films have tried to copy it; but this is the original.

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