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Crime Does Not Pay (1962)

Le crime ne paie pas (original title)
Husband tries to kill his wife with a help of the plan he saw in a film. But reality is not a film.

Director:

Gérard Oury

Writers:

Jean Aurenche (segment), Pierre Boileau (segment) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danielle Darrieux ... Lucienne Marsais (segment "L'homme de l'avenue")
Edwige Feuillère ... Dona Lucrezia (segment "Le masque")
Annie Girardot ... Gabrielle Fenayrou (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Rina Morelli ... Teresa - la confidente (segment "Le masque")
Michèle Morgan ... Jeanne Hugues (segment "L'affaire Hugues")
Perrette Pradier ... Hélène (segment "L'homme de l'avenue")
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Francesca Sabelli (segment "Le masque")
Pierre Brasseur ... Martin Fenayrou (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Gino Cervi ... L'inquisiteur (segment "Le masque")
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Angelo Giraldi (segment "Le masque")
Paul Guers ... Le docteur Mathieu (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Serge Lifar ... Le valet chinois (segment "Le masque")
Christian Marquand ... Louis Aubert (segment "L'affaire Fenayrou")
Philippe Noiret ... Clovis Hugues (segment "L'affaire Hugues")
Jean Servais ... Ernest Vaughan (segment "L'affaire Hugues")
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Storyline

After viewing an unusual film about murder and the irony of fate, a man deliberately steps in front of a slow-moving vehicle, planning to use the minor accident which should result as an alibi for his own wife's murder which he has already engineered. However, what actually occurs is a very different scenario about the "art" of murder. Written by alfiehitchie

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24 International Stars and 4 Masters of Mystery Expose the Fascinating Passion of Murder

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Crime Does Not Pay See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cosmas, G.E.F., Teledis See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.21 (1961) See more »

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Under-appreciated gem, very different from Oury's later work.
27 April 2017 | by Charlot47See all my reviews

Beautiful actresses and handsome men in sumptuous sets and costumes act out four tales of lust, treachery and murder – one in quattrocento Venice drawn from Stendhal and the other three in Paris in the 1880s, 1913 and 1961. All in a frame story which morphs into the fourth episode, recounted tensely in almost real time. Some good writing evident, particularly in the third episode from the celebrated pair of Boileau and Narcejac to whom we owe both "Diaboliques" and "Vertigo", and classical acting in delivery and posture. The second episode in the 1880s, based on a real life case, is given an extra illusion of authenticity with spoof caricatures echoing those in newspapers of the time.

The picture as a whole exhibits intelligent construction, technical flair, and an adult view of the world, centred strongly on the desirable but manipulative women around whom the men revolve. There is even very brief profanity and nudity. All very different from the direction Oury took in his next highly enjoyable but undemanding films, aimed successfully at general audiences. In this work there is little explicit humour, apart from a fun cameo by Louis de Funès, whose efforts at talking English make him unintelligible, and some nice moments from Danielle Darrieux being charmingly drunk. It also features an English officer, here played by Richard Todd whose French is accented but excellent, an idea Oury used again with Terry-Thomas in "La Grande Vadrouille" and David Niven in "Le Cerveau".

Apart from the usual anachronism that in the three historical episodes hairstyles and make-up remain all too close to 1962, no complaints about a film which really ought to raise Oury's critical reputation posthumously.


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