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Night Is Not for Sleep (1958)

Toi... le venin (original title)
One dark night, in the deserted streets of Nice, an American car slowly drives past Victor Menda, then slowly pulls up. A come on from the mysterious blonde at the wheel leads to Victor ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Hossein

Writers:

Frédéric Dard (novel), Robert Hossein (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Hossein ... Pierre Menda
Marina Vlady ... Eva Lecain
Odile Versois ... Hélène Lecain
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Amélie
Henri Crémieux ... Le docteur
Pascal Mazzotti Pascal Mazzotti ... L'homme de la discothèque
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... Titin
Charles Blavette ... L'inspecteur de police
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand ... Julien, le jardinier
Isola Blondie Isola Blondie
Paul Coppel Paul Coppel
Jean Combal Jean Combal
Bréols Bréols
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One dark night, in the deserted streets of Nice, an American car slowly drives past Victor Menda, then slowly pulls up. A come on from the mysterious blonde at the wheel leads to Victor finds himself kissing and making love to the gorgeous creature. But as soon as the embrace is over the mantis-like beauty rejects him and, under the threat of a gun, makes him leave the car. Worse, she tries and nearly manages to kill him by running over him. Cars have plates, and Victor traces the address of the monstrous nymphomaniac. To his amazement, he discovers a beautiful villa, in front of which the American car is parked, where two blonde sisters live together, both of whom look sweet and harmless. Written by Guy Bellinger

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A new and very STARTLING approach to mystery on the screen.

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Mystery

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 March 1959 (France) See more »

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Blonde in a White Car See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Visa de contrôle cinématographique ( France ) : # 20787. See more »

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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 16 (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Toi Le Venin
Music by A. Gosselain
Lyrics by Daniel Hortis
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Sisters
11 August 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Toi le Venin" is Robert Hossein's masterpiece,and one of the great thrillers of the fifties.Based on a Frederic Dard novel,a writer the director often worked with (see also "le Monte-Charge" which Hossein did not direct but in which he was the lead too),the screenplay grabs you from the first pictures on a desert road by night where a beautiful blonde might be the fieriest of the criminals to the mysterious house where he finds his femme fatale ..and her sister.Then begins a cat and mouse play .One of the sisters is in a wheelchair .But is she really disabled?Which one is the criminal who tried to kill the hero on that night?

The two actresses,Marina Vlady and the late Odile Versois were sisters.

Turn off all the lights before watching.Highly suspenseful.


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