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The Lowest Crime (1955)
"Chantage" (original title)

 |  Crime  |  19 July 1955 (France)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Pellegrin ...
Jean-Louis Labouret
Lionel Kendall
Georges Chamarat ...
Edouard Brisse
Noël Roquevert ...
Michel Etcheverry ...
Le commissaire Bretrannet
Madeleine Barbulée ...
Henri Nassiet ...
L'avocat d'Edouard Brisse
Janine - la photographe
Denise Provence ...
André Weber ...
Paul Faivre ...
Le patron du café
Jean Hébey ...
Un inspecteur
Jacqueline Marbaux ...
Florence Blot ...
Mlle Mortier


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17 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

Screenplays often deal with the problems of blackmail;but few of them showed a whole organization,all under an old dandy's thumb,and featuring femmes Fatales,escort boys... Leo Genn is the boss and Noel Roquevert,cast against type -one of his rare parts of a villain ,like in " Antoine Et Antoinette" - his right-hand man who hires the naive young man who wants to be a journalist and is asked to escort middle-aged ladies whereas an accomplice take photographs .It's him who punishes -and it's really a beating up- the old beau who feels remorse and wants to rebel against his associates .

Guy Lefranc 's movie can be considered a good French film noir of the fifties ,depicting a dark atmosphere where nobody except Denise can't be trusted ,from a lawyer whose main interest is his career to the elegant foreigner living in his desirable mansion.Best scene is perhaps Denise's father's "escape" from jail : a model of the genre ,in its concision.

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