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Joy House (1964)

Les félins (original title)
A petty criminal seeks refuge in a house owned by two wealthy American women.


René Clément


René Clément, Pascal Jardin (dialogue) | 4 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Melinda
Alain Delon ... Marc
Lola Albright ... Barbara
Carl Studer Carl Studer ... Loftus
Sorrell Booke ... Harry
André Oumansky ... Vincent
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Father Nielson
George Gaynes ... Mob boss
Annette Poivre ... Employee
Berett Arcaya Berett Arcaya ... Diana
Marc Mazza Marc Mazza ... The Corsican
Jacques Bézard Jacques Bézard ... Napoleon
Jean-Pierre Honoré Jean-Pierre Honoré ... Schneider
Georges Douking ... Clochard (as Douking)
Del Negro Del Negro ... Mick (as Negro)


French filmmaker Rene Clement presents Alain Delon as a petty criminal on the run from the underground. On the Rivera, he seeks refuge in a flophouse whose soup line is served by Jane Fonda and Lola Albright. The two women move him to a Gothic mansion owned by Albright, a millionairess with a Salvation Army complex. Fonda, her cousin, is hot for him and repeatedly attempts to seduce him while someone is attempting to poison him; and his murderous former associates have got wind of his whereabouts. Written by alfiehitchie

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In the film short describing the production of this movie, it's referred to by its original name, "The Velvet Cage." See more »


When the car with two people goes over the cliff in the convertible, you can clearly see that only one person (the driver) is in the car. See more »


Melinda: Not bad. But you still have progress to make. You have to lean how to clean everything. Everything that was used.
Marc: Then we'd never be done.
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Theme From Joy House (Just Call Me Love Bird)
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Peggy Lee
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Thriller-Chiller by Rene Clement!
26 December 2004 | by shepardjessica-1See all my reviews

Alain Delon has the perfect role as the ne'er do well young man, Lola Albright (sad & wonderful in LORD LOVE A DUCK) has commanding screen presence, and Jane Fonda is youthful beauty personified. Ms. Fonda was never more gorgeous than in this creepy little French Film. Those eyes. Nice job with the French language as well. Cool house. Interesting quirky musical score by Lalo Shifrin. Great B/W cinematography and strange "plot".

A 6 out of 10. Best performance = Jane Fonda. It's hard to describe what goes on in this one, but I couldn't get it out of my head for days. Nice atmosphere.

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Release Date:

November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Saint-Raphaël, Var, France See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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