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Crime Does Not Pay (1962)

Le crime ne paie pas (original title)
After viewing an unusual film about murder and the irony of fate, a man deliberately steps in front of a slow-moving vehicle, planning to use the minor accident which should result as an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucienne Marsais (segment "L'homme de l'avenue")
Dona Lucrezia (segment "Le masque")
Gabrielle Fenayrou (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Rina Morelli ...
Teresa - la confidente (segment "Le masque")
Jeanne Hugues (segment "L'affaire Hugues")
Perrette Pradier ...
Hélène (segment "L'homme de l'avenue")
Francesca Sabelli (segment "Le masque")
Martin Fenayrou (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
L'inquisiteur (segment "Le masque")
Angelo Giraldi (segment "Le masque")
Le docteur Mathieu (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Serge Lifar ...
Le valet chinois (segment "Le masque")
Louis Aubert (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Clovis Hugues (segment "L'affaire Hugues")
Ernest Vaughan (segment "L'affaire Hugues")


After viewing an unusual film about murder and the irony of fate, a man deliberately steps in front of a slow-moving vehicle, planning to use the minor accident which should result as an alibi for his own wife's murder which he has already engineered. However, what actually occurs is a very different scenario about the "art" of murder. Written by alfiehitchie

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24 International Stars and 4 Masters of Mystery Expose the Fascinating Passion of Murder


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16 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Crime Does Not Pay  »

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All that did not teach him a lesson!
24 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Gérard Oury,many people often forget it,was first an actor ,before becoming one of the most successful directors (the greatest ,to many);not only he played in plenty of French movies ,but he was also featured in Milestone's "they who dare" and Walsh's "sea devils" (the part of Napoleon).

In France-Soir newspaper,Paul Gordeaux drew comic strips ,which were transferred twice to the screen in 1961: one was "Les Amours Célèbres",directed by Michel Boisrond ;the second was OURY's "crime does not pay" ;both movies were made of sketches ;at least to my eyes,Oury's work has the edge on Boisrond's ;not only he had a dream of a cast ,but he had also some of the best French screenwriters of the time .

The trick Oury uses to open his movie is so smart that I will not reveal it ;it would spoil the surprise :after Cayatte (Les Amants De VERONE" ) and Duvivier ("La Fete A Henriette ) ,Oury simply renewed the "movie in the movie" technique with skill! eat your heart out ,Truffaut!

The first sketch is also the last in this bizarre construction!

Segment 2 :Le Masque or "revenge is a dish best eaten hot "

Edwige Feuillère ,Gabrielle Ferzetti,Rosanna Schiaffino

screenplay by Aurenche and Bost who wrote so many great stories I could not mention them all. From an Italian chronicle by Stendahl .Venice ,fifteenth century: an aging aristocrat 's mirror shows that her beauty is ,slowly but inexorably ,fading away;she's in love with a knight who is also a spy in the pay of the Genois;the lady's brother ,a powerful politician had him throw in a dungeon ;to free him,she reveals her sibling she's her accomplice cause she provides him with information :a scandal may break .To make the matters worse,there's a second aristocrat ,still young and beautiful.

This sketch may be the best of the lot: the settings are sumptuous and Oury outdoes himself in the terrific scene of the trap:sinister- looking figures appear ,one by one,at the end of every dark street of the city ,and the chapel of rest is a Gothic stroke of inspiration to rival the best moments in horror and fantasy movies.

Segment 3: "L'Affaire Hugues " or "a woman with a sense of honor"

Michele Morgan,PHilippe Noiret,Pierre Mondy,Jean Servais ,Lucienne Bogaert

based on the Hugues case circa 1887;to ruin a Deputé 's reputation, they claim that his wife had an extra-marital affair .

A conventional story ,on a vague political background ,but Henri Jeanson's caustic lines hit home when the chic bourgeois lady meets the shady "private eye" and the semi-whore :Jeanson remembers Georges Feydeau Some episodes are told by often genuine caricatures,engravings and testimonial pictures.

Segment 4 :L'Affaire Feynarou or 'to kill two birds with one stone"

Annie Girardot,Pierre Brasseur,Christian Marquand ,Paul Guers.

A man tells his mistress he 's going to get married for the bride 's dowry but that he intends to keep her too ;her husband discovers a compromising letter and threatens to kill the lover;so the wife urges the soon-to-be-married hunk to kill her spouse ("it would be self-defense")

This segment is a thriller,which is not a surprise ,coming from the famous Boileau-Narcejac team("Vertigo" and " Diabolique" );even though the ending is predictable,their story is full of unexpected twists and could have been part of the "Alfred Hitchcock presents " series.

Segment 1 (and 5!):"L'Homme de L'Avenue " or "accidents will happen"

Danielle Darrieux ,Richard Todd,Perrette Pradier.

A man ,who wants to commit the perfect crime (and to fly away with his lover) ,secures an irrefutable alibi;but you can't think of everything ;the "alibi",anEnglish driver ,an officer in uniform, plays the occasional Hercule,Poirot..

Written by Frederic Dard ,who teamed up with Oury for his second (and very good) effort "La menace" , it's another excellent thriller,with a great final unexpected twist which shows a witty humor,far from San Antonio,but there's no accounting for taste !

A (good) omen: Louis De Funès appears (yes,he does!) in this last segment ,his English (his Franglais more like) is riotously funny ...tO think that Oury/De Funès ,along with Bourvil,were about to dominate the French all-time box-office with their triumphs :"LE Corniaud " "La Grande Vadrouille" "Rabbi Jacob ,etc ...

These blockbusters outstripped "crime does not pay" which is a very entertaining work and certainly deserves to be (re)discovered by his fans (not only them!).

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