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Scoundrel in White (1972)

Docteur Popaul (original title)
Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins... See full summary »


Claude Chabrol


Hubert Monteilhet (based on the novel by: "Meurtre à loisir"), Paul Gégauff (adaptation)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Le docteur Paul Simay
Mia Farrow ... Christine Dupont
Laura Antonelli ... Martine Dupont
Daniel Lecourtois ... Le professeur Dupont
Marlène Appelt Marlène Appelt ... L'Infirmière Carole
Carlo Bartolotta Carlo Bartolotta
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Joseph Melville
Patrick Préjean Patrick Préjean ... Arthur Ringard
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... La sourde
Louis Duranton Louis Duranton
Monique Fardoulis Monique Fardoulis
Christophe Merle Christophe Merle
Madame Steeg Madame Steeg
Catherine Ohotnikoff Catherine Ohotnikoff
Maja Wodecka ... (as Maya Wodecka)


Doctor Popaul doesn't trust beautiful women: he says he prefers "moral beauty". Among colleagues he makes a bet who manages to sleep with the most ugly woman during the next year - and wins. Shortly after he meets the plain Christine on vacation in Tunesia. She leaves him after their first night, but by chance they meet again in Bordeaux. He learns that her father is a wealthy doctor who's very pleased to meet him and encourages him to become his son in law. Just on the wedding Popaul meets Christine's beautiful sister, who has the bad fortune to always marry the dumbest guy around. But Popaul knows how to help her out... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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First film appearance as an ugly girl. See more »


Dr. Paul Simay: She's my sister and we're Russian.
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Referenced in Munich (2005) See more »


Le petit chien
Chansons Dominique Zardi et Claude Chabrol
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Pure waste of time
26 December 2007 | by kregenowSee all my reviews

I've watched this film about thirty years ago and it stuck in my mind until now. When I came across it on DVD, I didn't hesitate too long, even more, because I have a predilection for early Belmondo flicks. But what a bad surprise! Some movies should be allowed to resign from public exposure, to preserve a certain memory, and not to shock audiences.

Widely hailed as one of Chabrol's rare cynic works, the only lasting impression I got from re- watching it is... boredom. Some movies really do not age in style. But what about movies which didn't have any sense of style at all?

The flaws in the script, uninspired acting - presumably due to the lack of direction -, a sort of production design, which doesn't deserve its name, less than mediocre photography and, last but not least, the worst editing job I've seen in ages, make this one truly hard to stand.

My impression was, that there was a bunch of people with too much money and equipment but obviously, no idea or any skills at all. It really comes as a surprise, that this one didn't abruptly end Chabrol's career. Don't blame it on the overall bad taste of the 70s, this one is crap in its own right and a worthy contender for the most useless waste of celluloid ever.

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Release Date:

29 September 1972 (France) See more »

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Play Now, Pay Later See more »

Filming Locations:

Bordeaux, Gironde, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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