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Pierre Chevalier (adaptation)
Juliette Saint-Giniez (original screenplay and adaptation)
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1960 (USA) See more »
When Mario, a bad boy, is released from prison, he plans to live honestly with his wife Geneviève. But the latter has not waited for him and Mario... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Micheline Presle ... Michèle
Raymond Pellegrin ... Mario
Dora Doll ... Lili
René Sarvil ... Monsieur Dominique
Jacques Duby ... Fernand le pianiste

Daniel Cauchy ... Dédé
Guy Mairesse ... Bob
Colette Castel ... Danièle

Lila Kedrova ... Mme Denis, la concierge
Laurence Badie ... La femme de ménage
Teddy Bilis ... Un spectateur
Paul Demange ... Le contrôleur
Jo Dest ... Le blédard
Charles Dechamps (as Charles Deschamps)
Pierre Leproux
Louis Lions ... Monsieur Henri
Jacqueline Noëlle ... L'amie d'Alger
William Marshall ... Charlie (as Bill Marshall)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Bever ... Le dessinateur (uncredited)
José Casa ... Le maître d'hôtel (uncredited)
Henri Coutet ... Le gardien du port fluvial (uncredited)

Louis de Funès ... Le chef de train (uncredited)

Hubert Deschamps ... Le gendarme à l'hôtel Stella (uncredited)
Gisèle Grandpré ... (uncredited)
Roger Hanin ... Le client de Lili (uncredited)
Christian Lude ... Le noceur (uncredited)
Bernard Musson ... Un spectateur (uncredited)
Sylvain ... Le garçon (uncredited)

Nadine Tallier ... Une fille (uncredited)

Directed by
Pierre Chevalier 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre Chevalier  adaptation
Juliette Saint-Giniez  original screenplay and adaptation
André Tabet  dialogue

Produced by
Simon Barstoff .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Van Parys 
Cinematography by
Henri Alekan 
Film Editing by
Monique Kirsanoff 
Production Design by
Robert Clavel 
Henri Morin 
Costume Design by
Paulette Coquatrix 
Makeup Department
Gisèle Mourgue .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Simon Barstoff .... production manager
Roger Descoffre .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Clément .... assistant director
Art Department
François de Lamothe .... draftsperson
Sound Department
Antoine Petitjean .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gustave Raulet .... camera operator
Raymond Voinquel .... still photographer
Location Management
Pierre Chanon .... location manager
Other crew
Colette Crochot .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les impures" - France (original title)
"The Impure Ones" - International (English title)
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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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A brothel? Really?, 23 December 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

Another movie about the white slave trade ,a subject the French cinema was fond of :in the thirties Robert Siodmak made "Le Chemin De Rio" aka "Cargaison Blanche" .The working title of "Les Impures" was "Des Femmes Disparaissent" (Women vanish)and this title would be used for another movie about the same subject by Edouard Molinaro starring Robert Hossein in 1959.

That said,it's not good news:two excellent leads ,Raymond Pellegrin and Micheline Presles are lost in a story unworthy of their talent.There are enormous gaffes:how can Michèle,who works in a nightclub as a chanteuse/Cancan dancer, be so naive?How can she believe that her love "undergoes a period of training"?.It depends on what kind of training it is, mind you.Many of the scenes are good for a laugh.Barely.

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