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The Puritan (1938)

Le puritain (original title)
A religious fanatic finds his entire life and philosophy turned upside-down as he falls in love with a girl and kills her in a jealous rage. His search is for peace of mind and a desire to ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeff Musso

Writers:

Liam O'Flaherty (novel), Jeff Musso (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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Pierre Fresnay ... Le commissaire Lavan
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Francis Ferriter
Viviane Romance ... Molly
Louis-Jacques Boucot Louis-Jacques Boucot ... Monsieur Kelly (as Boucot)
Mady Berry Mady Berry ... Madame Kelly
Alexandre Rignault Alexandre Rignault ... Le docteur O'Leary
Fréhel ... (as Frehel)
Ludmilla Pitoëff Ludmilla Pitoëff ... La tante de Thérésa
Alla Donell Alla Donell ... Thérésa Burke
Rosita Montenegro Rosita Montenegro
Marcel Vallée Marcel Vallée
Georges Flamant ... Callaghan
Pedro Elviro Pedro Elviro ... Un agent de la Sûreté (as Pitouto)
Charblay Charblay
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier
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A religious fanatic finds his entire life and philosophy turned upside-down as he falls in love with a girl and kills her in a jealous rage. His search is for peace of mind and a desire to justify the murder of the girl to himself. His mind becomes distraught as he gropes trying to rationalize his deed and his world falls apart around him. A police inspector patiently and tirelessly stays on Barrault's trail, without putting him under arrest, though convinced he is the murderer, and waiting for the moment when he feels Barrault will break under the strain of his own religious fanaticism. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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trail | search | rage | philosophy | murder | See All (26) »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 January 1938 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A szent és az utcalány See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Derby Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film created much controversy at the time of its release, and was banned in USA. See more »

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Banned in Boston and other outposts.
26 December 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

This French production from the story by Irish playwright, Liam O'Flaherty, is the story of a religious fanatic (played by Jean Louis Barrault)who finds his entire life and philosophy turned topsy-turvy as he falls in love with a girl and kills her in a jealous rage. His search is for peace of mind and a desire to justify the murder of the girl to himself. His mind becomes distraught as he gropes trying to rationalize his deed and his world falls apart around him.

Pierre Frenay is the police inspector who patiently and tirelessly stays on Barrault's trail, without putting him under arrest, though convinced he is the murderer, and waiting for the moment when he feels Barrault will break under the strain of his own religious fanaticism.


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