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Man and Child (1956)

L'homme et l'enfant (original title)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Constantine ... Fred Barker
Juliette Gréco ... Nicky Nistakos
Folco Lulli ... Carlo Ferrelli
Jacqueline Ventura Jacqueline Ventura ... Elvire
Grégoire Aslan ... Zajir
Pascale Roberts ... Rita
Jean d'Yd Jean d'Yd ... Félix Mercier
Béatrice Altariba ... Hélène Mercier
Georges Lannes ... Le commissaire Denis
Jeff Davis Jeff Davis ... Le commissaire Richard
Jean Lefebvre ... Albert
Michèle Philippe Michèle Philippe ... Donna
Nadine Tallier ... Pitel
Tanya Constantine Tanya Constantine ... Cathy (as Tania Constantine)
Diana Bel Diana Bel ... Marie


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Crime | Drama


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France | Italy



Release Date:

28 November 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.18 (1961) See more »


L'Homme et l'Enfant
(The Little Boy and the Old Man)
Music by Wayne Shanklin
English lyrics by Wayne Shanklin
French lyrics by René Rouzaud
Performed by Eddie Constantine and Tanya Constantine
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My old man investigates.
12 March 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The title is a misnomer : there are exactly TWO scenes where the man and the child play together:one at the beginning and one when they meet again for the dramatic finale;besides the soundtrack on the IMDb page reads "the little boy and the old man":in fact,it's a little girl.

This title might make you think of a melodrama but it is not:it is a routine thriller which looks like dozens of fifties thrillers ,the only notable difference is that it gets -a rare privilege in the French fifties- a deluxe treatment of color and wide screen ;as it was filmed on the Riviera ,the viewer can Watch heavenly landscapes .

Now for the screenplay :it features one of the biggest star of the era,Eddie Constantine ,fighting drug trafficking and white slave trade ,all this done with an incredible lack of imagination.S/M buffs might enjoy the scene when Juliette Greco whips one of her female employees with conviction.

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