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Joy House (1964)

Les félins (original title)
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... See full summary »

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Jane Fonda ... Melinda
Alain Delon ... Marc
Lola Albright ... Barbara
Sorrell Booke ... Harry
Carl Studer Carl Studer ... Loftus
André Oumansky André Oumansky ... Vincent
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Father Nielson
George Gaynes
Annette Poivre 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)
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Storyline

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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He loved as if his life depended on it... and it did! See more »


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France

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Release Date:

November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joy House See more »

Filming Locations:

Saint-Raphaël, Var, France See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Pour le plaisir: Monsieur Clément (1965) See more »

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Theme From Joy House (Just Call Me Love Bird)
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Peggy Lee
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Probably Clement's best thriller...
29 April 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...only "Plein Soleil" ("Purple noon" -the talented M.Ripley first version- ,a first Delon/Clement collaboration ,is superior.

The director's other thrillers were marred by unbearable metaphysical pretensions ("La Maison Sous les Arbres" " la Course du Lièvre à Travers Champs" "Babysitter" ...)which the use of American actors did not help.

A black and white film ,a strange choice for a story which takes place in a luxury mansion on the Cote d'Azur ,the cinematography is in direct contrast to that of "Plein Soleil" .Whereas the former work was often filmed in open air ,at sea,in "les felins " ,we almost never go out of the Fonda/Albright's place.The screenplay is absorbing ,a la Boileau-Narcejac (who wrote "Diabolique" and "Vertigo" ) and the suspense is sustained throughout the story. (I particularly dig the scenes with the car at the end).

It was actually René Clément's last good movie.All that follows is virtually disposable.


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