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Deadlier Than the Male (1956)

Voici le temps des assassins... (original title)
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »

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André Chatelin
Danièle Delorme ...
Catherine
Robert Arnoux ...
Bouvier
Liliane Bert ...
Antoinette
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Gérard Delacroix
Lucienne Bogaert ...
Gabrielle
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Monsieur Prévost (as Aimé Clariond Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Gabrielle Fontan ...
Madame Jules
Germaine Kerjean ...
Madame Chatelin mère (as Germaine Kerjean de la Comédie Française)
Robert Manuel ...
Mario Bonnacorsi (as Robert Manuel Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Robert Pizani ...
Le Président
Jean-Paul Roussillon ...
Amédée (as Jean-Paul Roussillon de la Comédie Française)
Gaby Basset ...
La femme de charge de la guinguette
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Le client au régime
Olga Valéry ...
La duchesse
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André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André left more than twenty years before. As Gabrielle has just died, André accepts to accommodate Catherine first, then gives her a job in his restaurant before finally marrying her. But the angel-faced young lady might well be a devil in disguise. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The Female of the Species - The face of an angel...The arms of the devil

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Drama | Thriller

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13 April 1956 (France)  »

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Deadlier Than the Male  »

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Germaine Kerjean, playing mother Chatelin, is only 10 years and 10 months older than Jean Gabin, who plays her son André. See more »

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Featured in Voyage à travers le cinéma français (2016) See more »

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La complainte des assassins
Music by Jean Wiener
Lyrics by Julien Duvivier
Performed by Germaine Montero
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Delorme is only too convincing in her role
6 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This opens in stunning fashion, with amazing panning shots of Paris' Les Halles in full and glorious flow in the 50s. Parisians must look now at London's Covent Garden development and wonder just what they did to their own central market. Back on screen, the fine sequences continue inside Jean Gabin's busy and successful restaurant, with great movement and sense of excitement. Both Gabin and Daniele Delorme are most effective as the narrative develops but it is a familiar tale and Delorme is only too convincing in her role to deceive just about everyone, seemingly for love but in reality, of course, for dosh. a surprising whipping scene and some scenes of real tension towards the end but this is french and overlong without too many surprises.


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