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Back to the Wall (1958)

Le dos au mur (original title)
A wealthy industrialist discovers his wife is having an affair and decides to exact revenge by blackmailing her under an assumed identity.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gloria Decrey
Jacques Decrey
Philippe Nicaud ...
Yves Normand
Claire Maurier ...
George Cusin
Robert Bazil
Jean Degrave ...
Le bijoutier
Richard Francoeur ...
Un invité
Françoise Honorat
Joëlle Janin
Robert Le Béal ...
Me Lombard, l'avocat
Marguerite Lorne
La postière
Jacques Mancier


Jacques Decrey, an industrialist, finds out that his wife Gloria has a lover. Posing as a man named Berthier, he blackmails her. After a while, Decrey decides to make Yves Normand, a young unemployed actor and Gloria's lover, out to be the blackmailer. But doing so he has set off an infernal machine... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

7 March 1958 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Back to the Wall  »

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FRF 80,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Michèle Morgan was first considered but she stepped out not willing to play alongside Gérard Oury, she lived with in secret at the time. See more »

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Gerard Oury plots to get his wife, Jeanne Moreau, to drop her lover
29 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Le dos au mur" is a very fine film noir in the classic style, beautifully lensed, flawlessly acted, and staged with meticulous sets. The story, while having few main characters, has plenty of twists and suspense.

The story begins suspensefully with Oury carrying a dead man to his car and thence to his factory where he covers him with concrete in a new wall. The story then proceeds as a flashback with his occasional narration.

Industrialist Oury discovers that his beautiful wife, Jeanne Moreau, is having an affair with a young actor. He concocts a plan such that she will eventually think the actor is betraying her and drop him. Needless to say, there are complications.

Definitely recommended.

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