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The Road to Shame (1959)

Des femmes disparaissent (original title)
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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Pierre Rossi
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Coraline Merlin
Estella Blain ...
Béatrice
Philippe Clay ...
Tom
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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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1 May 1959 (France)  »

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Pierre Et Béatrice
Written and Performed by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
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Ladies vanish
9 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

White slave trade was a trendy subject at the time.It's Edouard Molinaro's second film and like the first one "le Dos au Mur" ,and the follow-up ("Un Témoin Dans la Ville" )it's a thriller.It would be 1960 before Molinaro made a truly worthy film noir:"La Mort de Belle" from Simenon.

Robert Hossein portrays a man whose fiancée mysteriously disappeared.There's a house where girls are invited:they promise them anything:to become a top model,to travel around the world,all that in a chic atmosphere ,a perfect lure .

Best performance comes from Jane Marken,as Mrs Cassini,a woman who pretends to help the hero whereas...The actress could epitomize evil as few of her peers could do ("Manèges" by Yves Allégret).

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