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Deadlier Than the Male (1956)

Voici le temps des assassins... (original title)
André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André... See full summary »

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Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Julien Duvivier (story), Charles Dorat (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... André Chatelin
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Catherine
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Bouvier
Liliane Bert Liliane Bert ... Antoinette
Gérard Blain ... Gérard Delacroix
Lucienne Bogaert Lucienne Bogaert ... Gabrielle
Aimé Clariond ... Monsieur Prévost (as Aimé Clariond Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... Madame Jules
Germaine Kerjean Germaine Kerjean ... Madame Chatelin mère (as Germaine Kerjean de la Comédie Française)
Robert Manuel Robert Manuel ... Mario Bonnacorsi (as Robert Manuel Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Robert Pizani Robert Pizani ... Le Président
Jean-Paul Roussillon Jean-Paul Roussillon ... Amédée (as Jean-Paul Roussillon de la Comédie Française)
Gaby Basset Gaby Basset ... La femme de charge de la guinguette
Paul Demange ... Le client au régime
Olga Valéry Olga Valéry ... La duchesse
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Storyline

André Chatelin is a restaurant owner in Les Halles in Paris. One morning, a girl named Catherine asks to see him. She happens to be the daughter of his estranged wife, Gabrielle, that André left more than twenty years before. As Gabrielle has just died, André accepts to accommodate Catherine first, then gives her a job in his restaurant before finally marrying her. But the angel-faced young lady might well be a devil in disguise. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The Female of the Species - The face of an angel...The arms of the devil

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 April 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadlier Than the Male See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Germaine Kerjean, playing mother Chatelin, is only 10 years and 10 months older than Jean Gabin, who plays her son André. See more »

Connections

Featured in Voyage à travers le cinéma français (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

La complainte des assassins
Music by Jean Wiener
Lyrics by Julien Duvivier
Performed by Germaine Montero
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Masterpiece of French Film Noir
18 October 2017 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

Only 6 reviews for that pure Masterpiece of French Film Noir, direct in my top 5 ("Les Diaboliques" have 160 reviews and "Non Coupable" has only 2 reviews (?)(another pure masterpiece of French Film Noir with Michel Simon at his best, in my top 5 of course). Everything has been said by other bright reviewers, I just confirm you cannot forget that sick darkness of the characters. Impossible, printed forever in your mind.


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