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Bad Seed (1934)

Mauvaise graine (original title)
A young man-about-Paris, cut off from his father's money, falls in with a picaresque gang of car thieves.

Directors:

Alexander Esway (as Alexandre Esway), Billy Wilder (as Billie Wilder)

Writers:

Jan Lustig (scenario) (as Lustig), Billy Wilder (scenario) (as Wilder) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Danielle Darrieux ... Jeannette
Pierre Mingand ... Henri Pasquier
Raymond Galle Raymond Galle ... Jean-la-Cravate
Paul Escoffier ... Le docteur Pasquier
Michel Duran Michel Duran ... Le chef
Jean Wall ... Le zèbre
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... L'homme au panama (as Maupi)
Paul Velsa Paul Velsa ... L'homme aux cacahuètes
Georges Malkine Georges Malkine ... Le secrétaire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Cahuzac Georges Cahuzac ... Le monsieur
Gaby Héritier Gaby Héritier ... Gaby
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Storyline

In the 30's, in Paris, the playboy Henri Pasquier is supported by his father, Dr. Pasquier with money and a brandy new car. When Dr. Pasquier decides to suspend the allowance and sell the car to force Henri to get a job, he leaves home and associates to a gang of car thieves. Henri falls in love for the thief Jeannette, and when they are betrayed by their boss, they decide to move to Casablanca and straight their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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First film directed by Billy Wilder. See more »

Goofs

Pasquier's Buick has different plate numbers in different locations. 03:00 Car enters repair shop. Back plate: 2454RG6 06:50 Arriving at his father's offices. Front plate: 24554OU3 08:50 New owners driving the car away. Back plate: 6439I2 10:20 Pasquier's sees his car parked. Front plate: 2454OU3 11:00 Running away from the bad guys. Back plate: 6439I2 14:50 Arriving at Garage Monico. Front plate: 2454OU3 See more »

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A Great Director Is Born
29 January 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 30's, in Paris, the playboy Henri Pasquier (Pierre Mingand) is supported by his father, Dr. Pasquier (Paul Escoffier) with money and a brandy new car. When Dr. Pasquier decides to suspend the allowance and sell the car to force Henri to get a job, he leaves home and associates to a gang of car thieves. Henri falls in love for the thief Jeannette (Danielle Darrieux), and when they are betrayed by their boss, they decide to move to Casablanca and straight their lives.

"Mauvaise Graine" is the magnificent debut of Billy Wilder as director. The attractive story has action, romance, drama, comedy in right doses, and in 2006, there is another great attraction: the wonderful old cars. The planes of shooting are amazing even for the present days. The seventeen years old Danielle Darrieux, in the beginning of career and extremely beautiful, is another attraction. This unknown movie is a gem to be discovered. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Semente do Mal" ("Bad Seed")


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 July 1934 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Amore che redime See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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