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The Road to Shame (1959)
"Des femmes disparaissent" (original title)

 -  Thriller  -  1 May 1959 (France)
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Pierre Rossi and Béatrice live in the same block of flats in Marseille and love each other. One night, Béatrice leaves her apartment. Pierre knows that his fiancée goes to a rendezvous, but... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ...
Pierre Rossi
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Coraline Merlin
Estella Blain ...
Béatrice
Philippe Clay ...
Tom
Jane Marken ...
Mme. Cassini
Robert Lombard ...
Merlin
François Darbon ...
Camille
Pierre Collet ...
Nasol
Jean Juillard ...
Lambert
William Sabatier ...
Carel
Yvon Sarray
Olivier Mathot
Jean Degrave
Alain Nobis
Anita Treyens ...
Brigitte
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Pierre Rossi and Béatrice live in the same block of flats in Marseille and love each other. One night, Béatrice leaves her apartment. Pierre knows that his fiancée goes to a rendezvous, but she would not tell him more than just that. Worried, Pierre follows her but he is attacked and stolen his identity papers by two men, Tom and Nasol, on the payroll of Quaglio, one of the city's bosses. Later on, Quaglio kills Nasol and deposits the body in a garage, leaving Pierre's papers nearby. As for Pierre, he manages to follow Tom to a villa where several young women have been invited. Pierre, horrified, realizes that this place is the headquarters for the white slave trade. Written by Guy Bellinger

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a stunning Molinaro thriller
9 December 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Before his hit comedies, Molinaro began his career with interesting thrillers : his first one "Le Dos Au Mur" (you will never forget the ending, promised), his second "Des Femmes Disparaissent" (you will never forget the filthy Jane Marken and Philippe Clay as a very very bad guy, promised again), his third and first masterpiece "Un Témoin Dans La Ville" (with stunning cinematography and Lino Ventura as a very very unforgettable bad guy) and "La Mort De Belle" (his second masterpiece adapted from Simenon). "Des Femmes Disparaissent" is really exciting : two gangsters with ambiguous relations dealing young pinups in body slavery. For a movie directed in 1959, some scenes shocked me. Yes, between 1958 and 1961, Edouard Molinaro directed these fine thrillers, the last one not being available on DVD. Edouard Molinaro just left us, two weeks after George Lautner. So long, messieurs...


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