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30 June 1961 (Portugal) See more »
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Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will... | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jean-Louis Barrault ... Dr. Cordelier / Opale
Teddy Bilis ... Maître Joly
Sylviane Margollé ... Jeune fille
Jean Bertho ... Premier passant
Jacques Ciron ... Deuxième passant
Annick Allières ... Voisine
Dominique Dangon ... Mère de la jeune fille
Jean Topart ... Désiré
Michel Vitold ... Docteur Séverin
Micheline Gary ... Marguerite
Jacques Danoville ... Commissaire Lardaut (as Jacques Dannoville)
André Certes ... Inspecteur Salbris
Jean-Pierre Granval ... Le patron de l'hôtel
Céline Sales ... La première fille
Jacqueline Morane ... Alberte
Ghislaine Dumont ... Suzy
Madeleine Marion ... Juliette
Didier d'Yd ... Georges
Primerose Perret ... Mary
Raymond Jourdan ... L'infirme
Jaque Catelain ... L'Ambassadeur
Régine Blaess ... Femme de l'Ambassadeur
Gaston Modot ... Blaise
Jacqueline Frot ... Camille
Monique Theffo ... Annie
Claude Bourlon ... Lise (as Claudie Bourlon)
Raymone ... Mme des Essarts
Françoise Boyer ... Françoise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Catherine Rouvel ... (scenes deleted)
Bernard Fresson ... Extra (uncredited)

Jean Renoir ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean Renoir 
Robert Louis Stevenson  novel "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (uncredited)

Original Music by
Joseph Kosma 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Leclerc 
 
Film Editing by
Renée Lichtig 
 
Set Decoration by
Marcel-Louis Dieulot 
 
Costume Design by
Monique Dunan  (as Monique Dunand)
 
Production Management
Albert Hollebeke .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurice Beuchey .... first assistant director
Monique Dunan .... assistant director (as Monique Dunand)
 
Art Department
Yves-André Hubert .... technician
Jean Serge .... art assistant
 
Sound Department
Joseph Richard .... sound engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Girod .... framing camera operator
Jean Graglia .... framing camera operator
Pierre Guéguen .... framing camera operator (as Pierre Guegen)
Pierre Lebon .... framing camera operator
Gilbert Perrot-Minnot .... framing camera operator
Arthur Raimondo .... framing camera operator (as Arthur Raymondo)
Gilbert Sandoz .... framing camera operator
 
Other crew
Andrée Gauthey .... script
Marinette Pasquet .... script
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Le testament du Docteur Cordelier" - France (original title)
"The Doctor's Horrible Experiment" - USA
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95 min
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This TV program later had a theatrical release.See more »
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Version of Jekyll (2007)See more »

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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes the best way to stay faithful to a novel is to change everything, 17 July 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Jean Renoir's Le Testament Du Docteur Cordelier is dismissed by many as a mere TV movie (it even begins with Renoir discussing the film in a television studio: around this time he regularly filmed introductions for TV broadcasts of his films), but despite being visually a little flat due to being shot quickly with multiple cameras both to save time and money and to allow the actors more freedom, it's an intriguing attempt to remove the over-familiarity which curses all other adaptations of its source material. It would be giving too much away to mention exactly which extremely famous novel it's based on (it's not even credited in the main titles), but despite being moved from Victorian Edinburgh to 50s Paris it's in many ways the most faithful screen adaptation to the original mystery structure of the novel. Of course, once you know the title any mystery is gone, so in a strange way changing the names, updating and relocating it is the only way to even attempt to preserve any element of surprise.

Some elements are more successful than others, and while it retains the all-important but oft overlooked front door/back door geography of the good Doctor's house, it's somewhat diminished by both entrances opening on respectable streets rather than occupying the borderline between the upper class streets and the slums. However, it is the only version that points out that far from being the victim of his good intentions, the doctor in question is in fact merely covering up his own very willing part in the crimes rather than trying to put an end to them: his only reason for wanting to end them is to end the pain that HE suffers rather than the pain that is inflicted on others. But the real triumph of the film is Jean-Louis Barrault's performance as Opale, a quite remarkable display of pure physicality offering a mass of twitches, swagger and curious movements that should skirt on the comic yet somehow combine with the character's arbitrary rage and purely opportunistic violence to create a disturbing portrait of malice that's a world away from the hypocritical and ultimately far more monstrous Dr Cordelier's public displays of rigid self-control. It may be a minor film, particularly in Renoir's canon, but it's a major performance that deserves to be much better known.

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