Classical pulp book turned into a routine court drama
Guy Des Cars was a well known author whose books sold in millions. They often dealt with love triangles and murders. When first published La Brute was one of his biggest seller. This big screen adaptation is at best mediocre. Given the intriguing storyline (a blind-deaf-mute man is accused of murdering his wife's lover) the film certainly lacks dramatic tension. While the murder itself occurs on a boat, most of the film action takes place in a court room where "surprises" - not too well concealed - await us all... Jean Carmet, who was such a great second role actor, is waisting his talent as a leading actor. All in all, you can surely skip this one!
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