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Échec au porteur (1958)

After resolving to start a new life with his girlfriend Jacqueline, Bastien Sassey decides to give up working as a courier for drugs traffickers. So that he and Jacqueline can make a fresh ... See full summary »


Gilles Grangier


Noël Calef (novel), Noël Calef (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Meurisse ... Le commissaire divisionnaire Varzeilles
Jeanne Moreau ... Jacqueline Tourieu
Serge Reggiani ... Bastien Sassey
Simone Renant ... Denise Giraucourt
Robert Porte Robert Porte ... L'inspecteur Detourbe
Fernand Sardou Fernand Sardou ... Monsieur Arpaillargues
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... L'inspecteur Le Crocq
Christian Fourcade Christian Fourcade ... Jules dit Julot
Frédéric Atger Frédéric Atger ... Bernard Arpaillargues
Bertrand Borie Bertrand Borie ... Claude Giraucourt
Amy Colin Amy Colin ... Madame Vagues - la concierge
Hélène Tossy Hélène Tossy ... Madame Arpaillargues
Fanny Mauve Fanny Mauve ... La dame du terrain vague
Claude Albers Claude Albers ... Hélène
Marie-Claire Verlène Marie-Claire Verlène ... Thérèse (as Marie-Claire Verléne)


After resolving to start a new life with his girlfriend Jacqueline, Bastien Sassey decides to give up working as a courier for drugs traffickers. So that he and Jacqueline can make a fresh start he agrees to take on one more job for a large sum of cash, but he betrays his employer. Written by morroviolet

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15 January 1958 (France) See more »

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Es geschieht Punkt 10... See more »

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Brittany, France See more »

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Orex Films See more »
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The ball chase.
4 September 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

At my time of writing,"échec au porteur" has a very low rating.It's too bad:people who 'll give it a chance will not be disappointed.Gilles Grangier's fifties movies are almost all worthwhile.

Okay the gangsters side -with Gert "Goldfinger" Froebe- as the leader is conventional.But all that remains is original:first of all,Serge Reggiani,the star,disappears very early in the story.Then the hero becomes a ball(you read well) which contains a bomb which is to explode around 10PM.A child takes it,then he is sent to hospital( and he wants to keep his ball with him).Captain Paul "Diabolique" Meurisse has got to find back the thing.A lot of characters are involved including Jeanne Moreau as Régianni's love.

Recalls sometimes that Hitchcock short "Bang!You're dead!" where Bill()y Mumy played with a true revolver.

The last sequence,when the ball almost becomes a living thing,is worthy of a film noir master.

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