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The Last Turning (1939)

Le dernier tournant (original title)
Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its older, kind and naive owner, is married to Cora, a sexy and mercenary woman half his age. Frank, ... See full summary »


Pierre Chenal


James M. Cain (novel), Sabine Berritz (translation) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernand Gravey ... Frank Maurice
Michel Simon ... Nick Marino
Marcel Vallée Marcel Vallée ... Le juge
Auguste Bovério Auguste Bovério ... Le prêtre (as Boverio)
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Le commissaire (as Bergeron)
Charles Blavette ... Un camionneur (as Blavette)
Georges Douking ... Un joueur (as Douking)
Marcel Duhamel Marcel Duhamel ... Le monsieur pressé (as Duhamel)
Etienne Decroux Etienne Decroux ... Le patron du bistrot (as Ducroux)
Pierre Labry Pierre Labry ... Un camionneur (as Labry)
Jean-François Martial Jean-François Martial ... L'architecte (as Martial)
Serge Nadaud Serge Nadaud ... Le motard (as Nadaud)
Fred Pasquali Fred Pasquali ... Un joueur (as Pasquali)
Georges Paulais Georges Paulais ... Le greffier (as Paulais)
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... L'assureur (as Peclet)


Frank, a hobo, ends up in a garage-truck stop in the middle of nowhere. Nick Marino, its older, kind and naive owner, is married to Cora, a sexy and mercenary woman half his age. Frank, although not a fan of hard work, accepts Nick's offer to work for him. Of course, it is not for Nick's sake that the young man becomes his attendant, but for the love of Cora under whose spell he has fallen at once. It does not take long before Cora, who despises her husband, asks her lover to help her get rid of him. Frank is reluctant at first but. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

17 May 1939 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Turning See more »

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Production Co:

Gladiator Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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French visa # 1536 delivered on 23-10-1945. See more »


Version of Ossessione (1943) See more »

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The first adaptation of Cain's classic novel
3 July 2014 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Le Dernier Tournant is the first film adaptation of the classic James M. Cain novel. Like all of the adaptations (especially Ossessione) which followed, Le Dernier Tournant probably takes more time to watch, even at ninety minutes, than the Cain novel would to read. The Postman Always Rings Twice is one fast paced novel. It is a slim text that grabs a reader and propels him through in no time. One of the reasons for this is Cain's hardboiled narration. Strangely, none of the adaptations have made much use of Cain's narration.

Despite this, Le Dernier Tournant follows Cain's plot closely. The investigation is altered, but the end result is the same in both novel and film. In addition, all of the actors turn in good performances. Corinne Luchaire has an earthy beauty that is a nice contrast to the more glamorous actresses who have played the role (Lana Turner, Jessica Lange), and she fills out a sweater well. The direction is seldom flashy, but it tells the story economically. There are a handful of well done scenes. Particularly effective are the murder attempts, climaxing with the haunting use of an echo.

Le Dernier Tournant is no forgotten masterpiece, just a solid 1930's melodrama. It's still a far cry from the James M. Cain novel though.

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