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Scoundrel in White (1972)
"Docteur Popaul" (original title)

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Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins... See full summary »



(based on the novel by: "Meutre à loisir"), (adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Paul Simay
Christine Dupont
Laura Antonelli ...
Martine Dupont
Daniel Lecourtois ...
Prof. Dupont
Marlène Appelt ...
L'Infirmière Carole
Carlo Bartolotta
Michel Peyrelon ...
Patrick Préjean ...
Arthur Rignard
Henri Attal ...
La sourde
Louis Duranton
Monique Fardoulis
Christophe Merle
Madame Steeg
Catherine Ohotnikoff
Maja Wodecka ...
(as Maya Wodecka)


Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins. Shortly after he meets the plain Christine on vacation in Tunesia. She leaves him after their first night, but by chance they meet again in Bordeaux. He learns that her father is a wealthy doctor who's very pleased to meet him and encourages him to become his son in law. Just on the wedding Popaul meets Christine's beautiful sister, who has the bad fortune to always marry the dumbest guy around. But Popaul knows how to help her out... Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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29 September 1972 (France)  »

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Claude Chabrol's High Heels  »

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14th highest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »


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A spoof?
28 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

At the time ,Chabrol was producing movies at an alarming speed .And that period is still looked upon as his very best:"la femme infidèle" "le boucher" "que la bête meure" "la rupture" and "les noces rouges" are unqualified musts for any Chabrol fan.Two works took a divergent road in this golden era: "la decade prodigieuse " was a failed (but not completely wretched) attempt at transferring one of Ellery Queen's absorbing books to the screen .And then "Docteur Popaul" which is from Hubert Monteilhet's "meurtres à loisirs" .Monteilhet writes thrillers which sometimes recall Boileau-Narcejac ("Diabolique" "Vertigo" )but he introduces a sense of humor and a certain bad taste not present in the works of the writers I mention above.Chabrol has given a totally true rendering of Monteilhet atmosphere:the set up,the grotesque characters (particularly a made look ugly Mia Farrow :why her anyway?The director had to dub her in French ).The conclusion ,like in any Monteilhet's book, is immoral to a fault.But deliciously immoral.

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