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La Poison (1951)

La poison (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 30 November 1951 (France)
Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court.

Director:

Sacha Guitry

Writer:

Sacha Guitry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Simon ... Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
Jean Debucourt ... Maître Aubanel
Jacques Varennes ... Le procureur
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... La fleuriste
Germaine Reuver ... Blandine Braconnier (as Madame Reuver)
Pauline Carton ... La mercière
Albert Duvaleix Albert Duvaleix ... L'abbé Méthivier (as Duvaleix)
Henry Laverne Henry Laverne ... Le président
Jacques de Féraudy Jacques de Féraudy ... Jean Brun
Jacques Derives Jacques Derives ... Jules
Louis de Funès ... André
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... Amélie - la servante du curé
Yvonne Hébert Yvonne Hébert ... Julie
Roger Poirier Roger Poirier ... Un geôlier (as Poirier)
André Dalibert André Dalibert ... Le gendarme (as Dalibert)
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Storyline

Fed up with his wife Blandine, an alcoholic shrew, Paul Braconnier decides to get rid of her. But before taking action, the sly fox first consults a lawyer and skilfully finds out from him about the best way to go about murdering her. Back home, as his wife tries to poison him, Paul stabs her to death. The lawyer, who had talked too much, has no other choice but to have his client acquitted, even though this one cheerfully admits his guilt to the court. Paul returns to his village hailed as the local hero. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Because the actor did not like doing retakes, Guitry accomodated Michel Simon by filming all of his shots in only one take.The actor later said in an interview, that La Poison was the most enjoyable experience he had making a movie in his entire long career. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no normal opening credits, director Sacha Guitry introduces everyone in the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Et la Vie est en Fête
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Sacha Guitry
Performed by Lucienne Delyle
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further precisions
30 July 2004 | by skriptaparisSee all my reviews

To complete the previous comment (which I agree), I will add that Michel Simon's (clever) machiavelism is to visit the lawyer PRIOR the killing of his wife(pretending he already did it),in order to know how to commit the "perfect" murder without being sentenced as much as possible; smart!

Maybe Sacha Guitry's most cynical movie about marriage. The famous Director/writer was an active womanizer and we may think that he was deceived by the female gender at this time (close to his death)and wished some revenge through this film (his young last wife -Lana Marconi- was supposedly interested in his money only and eventually sold his late husband's house in Paris to speculating promoters, only a couple of years after his death (the house was destroyed immediately to build a new building of no interest, whereas Guitry's last deep wish was to open a comedian's museum to exhibit his rarest manuscripts, costumes, theater memorabilia, etc.). What a pity!


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 November 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Poison See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaumont See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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