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Judex (1963)

Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight ... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Arthur Bernède (based on a screenplay by), Louis Feuillade (based on a screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Channing Pollock ... Judex / Vallières
Francine Bergé Francine Bergé ... Diana Monti / Marie Verdier
Edith Scob ... Jacqueline Favraux
Théo Sarapo Théo Sarapo ... Morales
Sylva Koscina ... Daisy
René Génin René Génin ... Pierre Kerjean
Roger Fradet Roger Fradet ... Leon
André Méliès André Méliès ... Doctor
Philippe Mareuil Philippe Mareuil ... Amaury de la Rochefontaine
Luigi Cortese Luigi Cortese ... Pierrot
Benjamin Boda Benjamin Boda ... Réglisse the Boy
Jean-Jacques Rémy Jean-Jacques Rémy ... Un complice de Judex
Jean Degrave Jean Degrave ... Notary
Ketty France Ketty France ... Jeanne-Marie Bontemps
André Tomasi André Tomasi ... Un pêcheur de Loisy
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Favraux, an unscrupulous banker, receives a threatening note, signed by "Judex", demanding that he pay back the people he has swindled. He refuses, and apparently dies after a midnight toast at his masked ball. However, he is only drugged by Judex and locked away. Judex spares his life when the banker's widowed daughter, Jacqueline, rejects the inheritance. Meanwhile Diana Monti, the former governess, kidnaps Jacqueline to try to get the banker's money. But Judex is hot on her trail. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 December 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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During the party, Favraux faints before drinking the champagne flute with the sleeping pill See more »

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A Dated Gem
31 May 2018 | by Dr00gleSee all my reviews

This film is most certainly worth a watch if you're at all interested in classic film. Highly stylized and full of fun and suspenseful moments, Judex is a jem amongst crime thrillers.

There are quite a bit of issues that keep it from being a perfect film though, not the least of which is how dated it is. As some shots and practical effects are less than stellar, almost comical at times.

At points as the story goes on you'll likely find yourself thinking "Well that's convenient" or "What, how?". But a lot of that can be chocked up to the already ridiculous nature of the plot, and aren't necessarily due to negligence from the screenwriter.

The acting from some characters can be a bit off putting at times as well, but there's enough great performances in there to offset that.

However despite its flaws this is a good early film for the genre.


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