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Back to the Wall (1958)

Le dos au mur (original title)
A wealthy industrialist discovers his wife is having an affair and decides to exact revenge by blackmailing her under an assumed identity.

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

Frédéric Dard (novel), Frédéric Dard (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Moreau ... Gloria Decrey
Gérard Oury ... Jacques Decrey
Philippe Nicaud Philippe Nicaud ... Yves Normand
Claire Maurier Claire Maurier ... Ghislaine
Gérard Buhr ... Mario
George Cusin George Cusin
Robert Bazil Robert Bazil
Jean Degrave Jean Degrave ... Le bijoutier
Richard Francoeur Richard Francoeur ... Un invité
Françoise Honorat Françoise Honorat
Joëlle Janin Joëlle Janin
Robert Le Béal Robert Le Béal ... Me Lombard, l'avocat
Marguerite Lorne Marguerite Lorne
Micheline Luccioni ... La postière
Jacques Mancier Jacques Mancier
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Storyline

Jacques Decrey, an industrialist, finds out that his wife Gloria has a lover. Posing as a man named Berthier, he blackmails her. After a while, Decrey decides to make Yves Normand, a young unemployed actor and Gloria's lover, out to be the blackmailer. But doing so he has set off an infernal machine... Written by Guy Bellinger

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A MAN...HIS WIFE...HER LOVER...the wall held the secret See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 March 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Back to the Wall See more »

Filming Locations:

Région parisienne, France See more »

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Budget:

FRF80,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Michèle Morgan was first considered but she stepped out not willing to play alongside Gérard Oury, she lived with in secret at the time. See more »

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Referenced in World by Night (1960) See more »

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Something's lacking here.
23 December 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Released at the same time as "ascenseur pour l'échafaud" ,both featuring the same actress (Jeanne Moreau),but unlike Louis Malle's work,not labelled "nouvelle vague" "le dos au mur" has enough assets to catch the viewer's attention:outside Moreau,a screenplay adapted from a Frederic Dard 's Novel,with an action packed ending,and the desperate mood we find in every Dard-inspired film noir :such Moreau lines as "I could not live without him anymore,but I could not stand life without him "is the hero's only solace before his fate is sealed.

Gerard Oury who would direct such French blockbusters as "le corniaud" (1964) and "la grande vadrouille" (1966) is not much of an actor and his part should have been given to Robert Hossein,the par excellence Dard actor.Besides ,the screenplay which uses the long flashback one more time(one too many) laboriously progresses in the first half,with a much too slow pace.Worth a try all the same.


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