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Retour de manivelle (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 18 September 1957 (France)
What do you do when you want to commit suicide whereas you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract ? Just ask your wife ! What do you do when the attractive ... See full summary »

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Hélène Fréminger
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Robert Montillon
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Jeanne
François Chaumette ...
Charles Babin
Pierre Leproux ...
M. Bost, le créancier
Jean Olivier ...
L' inspecteur-adjoint (as Jean Ollivier)
Hélène Roussel ...
Une secrétaire
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Eric Fréminger
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Le commissaire Plantavin
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Arras ...
Duke, Eric's dog
Olivier Darrieux ...
Un inspecteur
Lucien Frégis ...
Le gendarme
Clara Gansard
Anne Gardel
Guy Tréjan ...
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What do you do when you want to commit suicide whereas you have just had the suicide clause cancelled from your insurance contract ? Just ask your wife ! What do you do when the attractive new chauffeur surprises you in the process of distorting the truth ? Just make him your lover! But beware : even the most elaborate schemes can backfire ! Written by Guy Bellinger

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There's Always a Price Tag  »

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Michèle Mercier's first film. See more »

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Robert Montillon: Bitch!
Hélène Fréminger: Is it an insult?
Robert Montillon: Bitch!
Hélène Fréminger: Don't use up the word. You might want it later. It was always said to me as a word of love.
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Michele Morgan engulfs Daniel Gelin for 300 million in insurance
27 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Retour de Manivelle" (1957), which, by the way has the apt title "Lucifer's Daughter" in the German release, film noir fans (and not) can expect a sumptuous visual treat from an expert. Cinematographer Pierre Montazel had both "Touchez Pas au Grisbi" (1954) and "Razzia" (1955) behind him when he filmed "Retour". I do not know the director's work, but Denys de la Patelliere proficiently adapts the story and delivers as cold-hearted and icy a noir as one is likely to encounter. The music lays out for some selected stretches, making us uncomfortable participants in the cynicism that dominates this story.

The setting is rich, a richly-appointed mansion on the Riviera, a beautiful white convertible cadillac, a sports car and a limousine, servant's quarters, a spotless kitchen with a large cold-storage room, and beautiful occupants too. But this deceives. Peter van Eyck has run through his money and he hates his wife, Michele Morgan, while she hates men in general, although willing to use them. Van Eyck has been so gutted that a revengeful suicide is his way out. A newly-hired chauffeur, Daniel Gelin, becomes Morgan's conquest and hapless tool to fool the insurance company into paying off on the policy. He in turn seduces a new maid, Michele Mercier, as part of a plot that he cannot fully discern, anymore than he can understand the other woman he is making love to, Morgan. Can they fool the shrewd police inspector, Bernard Blier? Chance and Fate have something to say about that.


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