Diabolique ()

Les diaboliques (original title)
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The wife and mistress of a loathed school principal hatch a plan to murder him while having the perfect alibi. They carry out the plan...but then his body disappears.


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Nicole Horner
Christina Delassalle (as Vera Clouzot)
Michel Delassalle
Alfred Fichet, le commissaire
Plantiveau, le concierge
Thérèse Dorny ...
Mme. Herboux
M. Raymond, le surveillant
Dr. Loisy
Le garagiste
Camille Guérini ...
Le photographe (as Camille Guerini)
Jacques Hilling ...
L'employé de la morgue
Le soldat
Aminda Montserrat ...
Madame Plantiveau
Jean Témerson ...
Le garçon d'hôtel (as Jean Temerson)
M. Bridoux, professeur
Soudieu, un élève
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
Moinet, une jeune Moynet
M. Herboux
M.Drain, professeur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Pierre Bonnefous ...
Le jeune De Gascuel (uncredited)
Christian Brocard ...
Un homme à la morgue (uncredited)
Jean Clarieux ...
Le chauffeur (uncredited)
Henri Coutet ...
L'employé de la morgue (uncredited)
Michel Dumur ...
Le jeune Ritberger (uncredited)
Un élève (uncredited)
Henri Humbert ...
Patard, le jeune Patard (uncredited)
Zappy Max ...
Lui-même - Voix radio (uncredited)
Roberto Rodrigo ...
Le petit Jose (uncredited)
Madeleine Suffel ...
La dégraisseuse (uncredited)
Jimmy Urbain ...
Un élève (uncredited)

Directed by

Henri-Georges Clouzot ... (as H.G. Clouzot)

Written by

Pierre Boileau ... (novel "Celle qui n'était plus") (as Boileau) and
Thomas Narcejac ... (novel "Celle qui n'était plus") (as Narcejac)
Henri-Georges Clouzot ... (scenario and dialogue) (as H.G. Clouzot) and
Jérôme Géronimi ... (scenario and dialogue) (as Jérôme Geronimi)
René Masson ... (collaboration) &
Frédéric Grendel ... (collaboration)

Produced by

Henri-Georges Clouzot ... producer (as H.G. Clouzot)
Georges Lourau ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Georges Van Parys

Cinematography by

Armand Thirard ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Madeleine Gug

Art Direction by

Léon Barsacq

Costume Design by

Carven ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Simone Knapp ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Anatole Paris ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Louis de Masure ... production manager
Georges Testard ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Michel Romanoff ... assistant director

Sound Department

William Robert Sivel ... sound (as William-Robert Sivel)

Camera and Electrical Department

Jean Dicop ... assistant camera
Daniel Diot ... assistant camera
Robert Juillard ... camera operator
Jean Lallier ... camera operator
Louis Née ... camera operator (as Louis Nee)
Jacques Robin ... camera operator
Robert Joffres ... still photographer (uncredited)
Léo Mirkine ... still photographer (uncredited)

Other crew

Richard Heinz ... English version
Jeanne Witta ... script supervisor (as Jeanne Witta-Montrobert)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school's filthy swimming pool... but when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared - and subsequent reported sightings of the headmaster slowly drive his 'killers' (and the audience) up the wall with almost unbearable suspense... Written by Michael Brooke

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Taglines See it, be amazed at it, but... BE QUIET ABOUT IT! (original Finnish poster tagline) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Diabolique (United States)
  • The Devils (United States)
  • The Fiends (United Kingdom)
  • Les Diaboliques (United Kingdom)
  • Die Teuflischen (Germany)
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  • 117 min
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Trivia When director Henri-Georges Clouzot bought the film rights to the original novel, he reportedly beat Alfred Hitchcock by only a matter of hours. See more »
Goofs When Michel is unconscious on the bed, his shoes are off. A few minutes later when Nicole and Christina pick him up and put him in the bathtub, his shoes are suddenly back on. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in What's Wrong with Home Video (1988). See more »
Crazy Credits The movie ends with a text screen commenting on what the viewer has witnessed, and a request not to spoil the ending for those who are planning to see the movie. See more »
Quotes Plantiveau, le concierge: Watch out, ma'am. That's the deep part where you are.
Christina Delassalle: There is no danger. I can swim.
Plantiveau, le concierge: That don't mean a thing. It's always the ones who know how that get drowned. The ones who can't, don't go near the pool.
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