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The Lowest Crime (1955)

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semi-documentary police officer about a criminal organization specializing in blackmail.


Guy Lefranc


Paul Andréota (dialogue), Jacques Companéez | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Pellegrin ... Jean-Louis Labouret
Magali Noël ... Denise Brisse
Leo Genn ... Lionel Kendall
Georges Chamarat ... Edouard Brisse
Noël Roquevert ... Boussardel
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... Le commissaire Bretrannet
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... L'infirmière
Henri Nassiet Henri Nassiet ... Maître Rougier - l'avocat d'Edouard Brisse
Nadine Tallier ... Janine - la photographe
Denise Provence Denise Provence ... Gisèle
André Weber André Weber ... Gilbert
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... Le patron du café
Jean Hébey Jean Hébey ... Un inspecteur
Jacqueline Marbaux Jacqueline Marbaux ... Solange
Florence Blot Florence Blot ... Madame Mortier


semi-documentary police officer about a criminal organization specializing in blackmail.

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Release Date:

19 October 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lowest Crime See more »

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Paris, France See more »

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1.37 : 1
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French visa # 16187. See more »

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17 October 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Screenplays often deal with the problems of blackmail;but few of them showed a whole organization,all under an old dandy's thumb,and featuring femmes Fatales,escort boys... Leo Genn is the boss and Noel Roquevert,cast against type -one of his rare parts of a villain ,like in " Antoine Et Antoinette" - his right-hand man who hires the naive young man who wants to be a journalist and is asked to escort middle-aged ladies whereas an accomplice takes photographs .It's him who punishes -and it's really a beating up- the old beau who feels remorse and wants to rebel against his associates .

Guy Lefranc 's movie can be considered a good French film noir of the fifties ,depicting a dark atmosphere where nobody except Denise can't be trusted ,from a lawyer whose main interest is his career to the elegant foreigner living in his desirable mansion.Best scene is perhaps Denise's father's "escape" from jail : a model of the genre ,in its concision.

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