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Blood to the Head (1956)

Le sang à la tête (original title)
François Cardinaud is one of the richest shipowners in the region. But this success arouses resentment and jealousy. When Marthe, his wife, leaves the home without warning, Cardinaud sees her life cracking little by little.


Gilles Grangier


Georges Simenon (novel), Michel Audiard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... François Cardinaud
Paul Frankeur ... Drouin
Claude Sylvain ... Raymonde Babin
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Titine Babin
José Quaglio ... Mimile Babin
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... Monsieur Cardinaud - père
Léonce Corne Léonce Corne ... Charles Mandine
Florelle ... Sidonie Vauquier
Paul Azaïs ... Alphonse, le patron des 'Charentes'
Rivers Cadet Rivers Cadet ... Le patron du Robinson (as Rivers-Cadet)
Paul Oettly Paul Oettly ... Vauquier
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... Isabelle Mandine
Julienne Paroli Julienne Paroli ... Madame Cardinaud - mère (as Jeanne Paroli)
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Arthur Cardinaud
Marcel Pérès ... Thévenot, un marinier (as Marcel Péres)


After thirty years of effort, the former longshoreman François Cardinaud has become one of the most powerful men in the port of La Rochelle. On the occasion of a runaway from his wife Marthe with a young thug Mimile, he meets only contempt and hostility. The whole city is delighted to see Cardinaud flouted. Marthe found, Cardinaud forgives him and becomes again the man feared by all. From now on, he will think more of the happiness of his wife.

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Quiet cuckold?
22 May 2013 | by didierfortSee all my reviews

Tension is underlying this movie where many a form of hatred are at work.

This a Gabin's vehicle, again directed by Gilles Grangier, one of those more than decent films they made together in the 50's, with nothing of the self-indulgence that would hamper their association in the 60's.

The job is very entertaining, until the end. And, naturally, well crafted. La Rochelle is beautifully and thoroughly depicted here.

Please note the astounding performance of Georgette Anys as "Titine Babin". You may remember her as little more than a silhouette, for instance in two great Duvivier's works, "Sous le ciel de Paris" and "La fête à Henriette". In "Le sang à la tête", she has a part to play, a real one though short, and Mme Anys can inhabit it with an impressive strength.

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Release Date:

10 August 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Кровь в голову See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Système Sonore Euphonie)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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