One morning, Nicolo, a racing horse, is found dead by Léon Boujailles, the first stable boy. The horse, belonging to René Savy, a horse owner and trainer, has in fact been the victim of ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Souplex ...
Jean Daurand ...
Charles Lavialle ...
Léon Boujailles
Serge Bento ...
Robert Moreau
Blanchette Brunoy ...
Madeleine Savy
Pierre Naugier ...
Le lad #1
Paul Bisciglia ...
Le lad #2
Lucien Hubert ...
Le vétérinaire
Roger Dutoit ...
René Savy
Philippe Mesnil-Beaugé
Robert Arnoux ...
Albert Verniolle
Serge Sauvion ...
Maurice Chevillon
Etienne Bierry ...
Pierre Cahuzac (as Etienne Biéry)
Michèle Bardollet ...
Colette Ferrières
Eugène Berthier ...
Le gardien


One morning, Nicolo, a racing horse, is found dead by Léon Boujailles, the first stable boy. The horse, belonging to René Savy, a horse owner and trainer, has in fact been the victim of strychnine poisoning. But who was the perpetrator of the crime ? Maurice, René's brother-in-law that he has just fired? Pierre Cahuzac, a scheming trainer recently exposed by René? Philippe Mesnil-Beaugé, a former star horse owner whose only horse left is about to be sold by René to repay the money he owes him? Or René Savy himself to get the insurance premium? It will be up to Chief Police Inspector Bourrel and his assistant Inspector Dupuy to solve the case. Written by Guy Bellinger

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You can bet on this horse, but not too much!
11 May 2011 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

"L'avoine et l'oseille" (The oat and the dough) is just another episode in the long long TV series "Les cinq dernières minutes" (147 episodes!) starring Raymond Souplex as Commissaire Bourrel, a role he played 56 times from 1958 to 1972, the date of his death. As a whole, "L'avoine et l'oseille" is a mildly entertaining crime mystery which is worth seeing more for its semi-documentary aspect than its indolent suspense. Indeed, as the object of Bourrel's investigation is the killing of a race horse, it would have been a pity not to provide TV viewers with an insight into the world of horse training. A mistake the writers (Henri Grangé and André Maheux) and the director (Claude Loursais) happily do not make. Thus the viewers are given the opportunity to discover the way an independent trainer and his staff lived back in the early nineteen sixties when this movie was shot. Besides this good point, "L'avoine et l'oseille" cannot boast many virtues. The direction by Claude Loursais (a fixture in the series) is lazy and unimaginative and serviceable at best. The only daring consists in having Bourrel talk to the camera, but this is a characteristic of the whole series so, as this is the 22nd installment, the element of surprise has worn off. The cast is fairly good, with the exception of Etienne Bierry (a usually impeccable actor but who, in this case, dons a ridiculous fake southern accent). The best performances are given by Roger Dutoit as Savy, the threatened horse trainer ; Henri Guisol as Mesnil-Beaugé, the horse owner at the end of his rope; and Charles Lavialle who manages to give his old first stable boy character a lot of good-natured simplicity. As for Raymond Souplex, he is good at delivering his lines with his distinctive voice but he looks old and weary, and filming him seated most of the time does not add much snap to the listless direction. It is sad to say but Jean Daurand as Dupuy, his assistant, is much more lively and funny to look at than his boss Anyway, do not expect a masterpiece. If you are not too demanding, you will enjoy the reasonably interesting plot, the actors and the 1960s atmosphere. And you will find that, despite its lackluster direction, "L'avoine et l'oseille" is an acceptable time killer.

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