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Cast overview, first billed only:
Minou Drouet ...
Clara du Badoul des Essarts - une petite fille riche kidnappée
Pierre Destailles ...
La Commande - le chef des kidnappeurs
Jacques Morel ...
Jean Poiret ...
Chantuer - un gangster
La Parole
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
Alexandre Rignault ...
Le garde
Barbara Hall ...
La nurse
Gabrielle Doulcet ...
Un professeur de Clara
Harry-Max ...
Le cafetier (as Harry Max)
Jean Degrave ...
Angelvin ...
L'organisateur (as Jacques Angelvin)
René Hiéronimus ...
Le professeur de mathématiques (as Hieronimus)
Jacques Hilling ...
Le professeur de gymnastique
Rogers ...
Le palefrenier


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Comedy | Drama | Family





Release Date:

24 December 1958 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Bourreaux d'enfants  »

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26 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Raoul André had already directed a story of abducted child in "L'Homme Et L'Infant" in 1956 ,a movie starring Eddie Constantine and Juliette Gréco.

"Clara Et Les Méchants" (= Clara and the villains) aka "Bourreaux D'Enfants (=child beaters) is more of the same : a rich kid ,daughter of an oil tycoon ,lives a life of luxury with private tutors and porridge and kipper for breakfast ;dad is busy caring about his big business -we never see him- and mom is a socialite ,who puts her girl to bed before enjoying a society party.Bad guys kidnap the heiress ,to get a hefty ransom ;of course all of them are two-bit gangsters and pretty soon the little silly goose leads her kidnappers by the nose ...The scene where the girl is in bed and dreams of a magic merry-go-round might have promised a bit of fantasy but the ponderous gags and the villains' witless unfunny lines drown all poetry out.

Talking about poetry: the young star ,Minou Drouet ,was a whiz kid ,a child poetess in the second half of the fifties .Her talent was much debated (Jean Cocteau said:"all children are poets but Minou Drouet"),and gossips claimed that her adoptive mother,a teacher ,wrote the poems;today it's still a mystery,but Minou Drouet never became the French Shirley Temple and she was never to make another movie.

Raoul André was a poor director,as a cursory look at his filmography shows :his first efforts are probably the most watchable ,particularly "Le Fiacre 13" a good old melodrama.In "Clara",he is unable to use talented Michel Serrault and Jean Poiret (then a team,like Martin and Lewis)efficiently.

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