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Forbidden Fruit (1952)

Le fruit défendu (original title)
A doctor in southern France takes a mistress but lives to regret it.

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Georges Simenon (novel), Jacques Companéez (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Le docteur Charles Pellegrin
Françoise Arnoul ... Martine Englebert
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Boquet - le propriétaire du 'Poker bar'
René Génin René Génin ... Le docteur Marchandeau
Fernand Sardou Fernand Sardou ... Fontvielle
Pierrette Bruno Pierrette Bruno ... Toinette - la garde-barrière
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary ... Jacky
Max Dalcourt Max Dalcourt
Odette Roger Odette Roger ... (as Odette Charblay)
Mireille Ponsard Mireille Ponsard
Micheline Gary Micheline Gary ... Léa
Hélène Tossy Hélène Tossy ... Madame Rochemaure (as Hélène Tossis)
Jacques Gencel Jacques Gencel ... Justin (as Jacky Gencel)
Yannick Malloire Yannick Malloire ... Une fillette du docteur / Pellegrin's daughter (as Yanick Malloire)
Marie Martine Marie Martine ... Une fillette du docteur
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Charles Pellegrin, 40-year-old country doctor, buys a practice in Arles, a provincial town near Marseille. In five years, he has a large practice and a lovely (but more efficient than passionate) wife, when he meets spectacularly sexy, sensuous Martine, who seduces him. Soon, he's honoring that old French custom of keeping a mistress. At first Martine brings romance, then passion into his life...then black jealously and despair. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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FERNANDEL...as the Gallic Adam meets FRANCOISE ARNOUL. the modern Eve in GEORGE SIMENON's new French Film...

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Fruit See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gray-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Entertaining quand-même
12 October 2002 | by jgcorreaSee all my reviews

a medium=sized box-office hit in its time, the forbidden fruit is, of course, lovely Françoise Arnoul, whom shy, bourgeois country doctor Fernandel decides to keep as his secret mistress in Arles. All good Simenon stuff. Echoes of Monsieur Hire and Inspector Maigret's countryside dossiers. But this is rather a provincial melodrama than a noir thriller. Scriptwriter Companeez was a real pro and the same goes to composer Paul Durand. All in all, an efficient product from the Verneuil factory line. By 1952 - the year when Hollywood reached its production peak, quantitatively speaking - I used to go to the movies literally every day, actually more than once a day, I mean, shows used to be double features plus newsreels plus serial chapter plus short Westerns etc etc. In my own provincial town (actually larger than Arles, France, nevertheless somewhat duller) the Forbidden Fruit would be the second half of a Fridy-thru-Sunday double feature. But I wasn't allowed to see it then. It was X-rated. I can see it now on cable TV. Family stuff, naturally, and quite entertaining quand-même.


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