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Le glaive et la balance (1963)

A boy is kidnapped and murdered on the French Riviera. The police, who had watched the delivery of the ransom to TWO men give chase once they determine that the boy is dead. The police ... See full summary »

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André Cayatte
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Perkins ... Johnny Parsons
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Jean-Philippe Prévost
Renato Salvatori ... François Corbier
Pascale Audret ... Agnès
Anne Tonietti Anne Tonietti ... Christine Prévost
Marie Déa ... Mme Winter
Elina Labourdette ... Simone Darbon
Fernand Ledoux ... Le procureur
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le commissaire Pranzini
Henri Vilbert Henri Vilbert ... Un juré
Lou Bennett Lou Bennett ... The Lou Bennett and Kenny Clark Jazz Combo
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Un homme
Teddy Bilis Teddy Bilis ... Un juré
Charles Blavette
Claude Cerval ... Plouzenec
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A boy is kidnapped and murdered on the French Riviera. The police, who had watched the delivery of the ransom to TWO men give chase once they determine that the boy is dead. The police never lose sight of the TWO men who flee on a speedboat and run into an old lighthouse after landing. However, when the police surrounds the lighthouse, THREE men come out, each one claiming that he was there on a stroll and the following investigation can not determine who is lying. The three men are put on trial, but the jury finds them innocent, because they can not determine which two are guilty. Summary justice is made by a mob when the three men leave the court after their acquittal. Written by Ricardo Zucca <zucca@vcnet.com>

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THREE Suspects Are Trapped in the Web of a Shocking Murder! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 February 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Two Are Guilty See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Au Cabaret De L'Isba
Written and Performed by Louiguy Orchestra
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one is innocent, but who?
21 May 2008 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

The plot of this film is so good, that so many years after when people start talking about interesting films I keep on telling it. Tony Perkins, Jean Claude Brialy and Renato Salvatori were quite famous stars in 1963, and here they are three playboy types in the Riviera who would wear what was fashionable at that time, if my memory does not fail me, a long sleeved dark polo shirt, and light colored jeans. When a boy is kidnapped and murdered the police can see two men wearing this outfit but finally when they find them, three men come out dressed alike. One of them is innocent, but who? Through flashbacks the film tells their different stories, where each one relates how he saw the others conspiring.


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