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Don't Tempt the Devil (1963)

Les bonnes causes (original title)
Gina is the dedicated nurse of Paul Dupré, a wealthy industrialist who has been treated for heart problems. Dupré dies brutally during an injection made by Gina, and immediately his wife Catherine accuses Gina.

Director:

Christian-Jaque

Writers:

Jean Laborde (novel), Paul Andréota | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Vlady ... Catherine Dupré
Bourvil ... Albert Gaudet
Virna Lisi ... Gina Bianchi
Pierre Brasseur ... Charles Cassidi
Umberto Orsini ... Philliet
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Madame Marjorie
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le procureur Magnin
Jacques Mauclair Jacques Mauclair ... Georges Boisset
Jean-Loup Philippe ... L'ami de Gina
Robert Vidalin ... Le président
Gilbert Gil ... Garat, un journaliste
Daniel Lecourtois ... Un avocat
Mohamed Jamoussy Mohamed Jamoussy
Hubert Noël Hubert Noël ... L'amant de Catherine
Hubert Deschamps ... Dr. Mermet
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Gina is the dedicated nurse of Paul Dupré, a wealthy industrialist who has been treated for heart problems. Dupré dies brutally during an injection made by Gina, and immediately his wife Catherine accuses Gina.

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injection | will | trial | nurse | lawyer | See All (12) »

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It's diabolical!

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 April 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Tempt the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Île-de-France, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Witnesses for the prosecution.
15 October 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

French critics compare "les bonnes causes" to "winess for the prosecution" and of course they say it cannot hold a candle to it.They are wrong.Not that it might be better than Wilder's work,but it's downright different.Henri Jeanson's lines have not lost their bite ,particularly when he thrashes the légion d'honneur -it was not the first time- this award it's such a honor to get .

The main difference between Wilder's "witness" and Christian-Jaque 's "les bonnes causes lies in the fact that in the former,Wilder (and A.Christie,the writer) saved the biggest twist for the end whereas in the latter we know from the start (or almost) who the villains are(Pierre Brasseur at his most cynical,Marina Vlady at her bitchiest).Virna Lisi portrays a nurse,unfairly accused of murdering Vlady's husband.Bourvil ,in one of his rare dramatic parts is the good loyal judge and Umberto Orsini the dedicated lawyer.It seems that in his last worthwhile (and sadly) overlooked works (this film and "le repas des fauves" ) Christian-Jaque regained his bite and his pessimism which he had displayed before in "Boule de Suif" and "un revenant" ."Les bonnes causes" ,which displays black humor too could also be a spoof on André Cayatte's causes célèbres.


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