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La tête du client (1965)

Illegal gambling den where players can lose millions ...and the owners make their fortune.


Jacques Poitrenaud


Michel Lebrun (novel), Jean-Charles Lagneau (adaptation) | 4 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Gaston Berrien / Monsieur Max
Jean Poiret ... Philippe / Monsieur Paul
Sophie Desmarets Sophie Desmarets ... Françoise Berrien
Jean Richard ... Docteur Tannait
Francis Blanche ... Mario l'enchanteur
Laura Valenzuela Laura Valenzuela ... Gladys
Caroline Cellier ... Evelyne Berrien
Patrice Laffont Patrice Laffont ... Guy Tannait
Sébastien Poitrenaud Sébastien Poitrenaud ... Freddy Berrien (as Sébastien)
María Granada María Granada ... La bonne Maria
Laura Granados Laura Granados ... La barmaid
Anna Gaylor Anna Gaylor ... Janine, la femme de l'agent André
Dominique Davray ... Une cliente du docteur Tannait
Martine de Breteuil Martine de Breteuil ... Mme Rose
Dany Jacquet Dany Jacquet ... La fille draguée par Freddy


Gaston Berrien ,a hatter in Vaucresson,spends some happy day with his wife Françoise, a detective stories writer ,and his children,Freddy and Evelyne .As his business is bad, he runs an illegal gambling den with his brother-in-law .Both accomplices make their fortune ,unbeknown to everyone.However , a blackmailer ,Joe,threatens to give the information to the police ,if they do not pay a hefty sum.They decide to do away with this pest. Written by dbdumonteil

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Spain | France



Release Date:

3 September 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Akta huvet! See more »

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A la tête du client
Lyrics by Nicolas Péridès and Maurice Falconier
Performed by Jean Poiret, Michel Serrault, Darry Cowl and Jean Richard
Orchestration by Mario Bua and M.J. Coignard-Helison
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Illegal gambling dens are profitable .
16 September 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Jean Poiret and Michel Serrault began as a team,stage and screen partners, ,like Martin and Lewis.Then they go their own way ,sometimes featured in Claude Chabrol's films as well as Caroline Cellier whom Poiret was later to marry.

Poiret and Serrault ,along with Cellier,here cast as the former's niece and the latter's daughter.Sadly ,in spite of their talent, apart from one of two good scenes ,the screenplay is poor and ends as a mundane coarse comedy.This subject of the illegal gambling den is funny but not fully exploited .You can single out ,at a pinch ,some good moments:

-Poiret selling his car ,and his brother-in-law helping him while pretending to raise the "bidding"

-The doctor (Jean Richard) sneering at his future son-in-law's father ,a modest milliner ,and mother ,"gone completely off her rocker".

-"Let's say he's committed suicide! "With a Clock? They won't believe you!"

But as a whole,it does not make it.

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