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La Poison (1951)

La poison (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 30 November 1951 (France)
Through a series of circumstances and plot twists an enterprising man manages to get away with murdering his wife, even though he cheerfully admits his guilt in court.

Director:

Sacha Guitry

Writer:

Sacha Guitry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Simon ... Paul Louis Victor Braconnier
Jean Debucourt ... Maître Aubanel
Jacques Varennes ... Le procureur
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... La fleuriste
Germaine Reuver Germaine Reuver ... Blandine Braconnier (as Madame Reuver)
Pauline Carton ... La mercière
Albert Duvaleix Albert Duvaleix ... L'abbé Méthivier (as Duvaleix)
Henry Laverne Henry Laverne ... Le président
Jacques de Féraudy Jacques de Féraudy ... Jean Brun
Jacques Derives Jacques Derives ... Jules
Louis de Funès ... André
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... Amélie - la servante du curé
Yvonne Hébert Yvonne Hébert ... Julie
Roger Poirier Roger Poirier ... Un geôlier (as Poirier)
André Dalibert André Dalibert ... Le gendarme (as Dalibert)
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Storyline

Fed up with his wife Blandine, an alcoholic shrew, Paul Braconnier decides to get rid of her. But before taking action, the sly fox first consults a lawyer and skilfully finds out from him about the best way to go about murdering her. Back home, as his wife tries to poison him, Paul stabs her to death. The lawyer, who had talked too much, has no other choice but to have his client acquitted, even though this one cheerfully admits his guilt to the court. Paul returns to his village hailed as the local hero. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 November 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Poison See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaumont See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #891. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no normal opening credits, director Sacha Guitry introduces everyone in the film. See more »

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Referenced in Francis Veber artisan du rire: La saga Pignon (2001) See more »

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Et la Vie est en Fête
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Sacha Guitry
Performed by Lucienne Delyle
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Taking a Lawyer's Advice
20 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Michel Simon is married to Germaine Reuver and they hate each other. He complains about her to everyone in town. One night, he hears Jean Debucourt on the radio. Debucourt is a lawyer who has won his hundredth acquittal and is interviewed on the subject. So Simon goes to the lawyer and confesses that he has killed his wife, draws out the details of how he has done it -- with an eye towards acquittal -- nd goes home to kill her. When Debucourt shows up, Simon proceeds to blackmail the lawyer into mounting his defense in this excessively funny black comedy from Sacha Guitry.

If you want someone to play a monster and yet be very human and funny, you could never do any better than Michel Simon. Watching his ego grow, from that of a man frightened to go home to one lecturing judges in court, he makes everyone his straight man, thanks to Guitry's script (obviously written for his star's talents).

Guitry offers his credits in an unusual manner: he strolls around the set, complimenting his major collaborators, who appear as themselves -- although a couple who are heard only over the radio are thanked over the phone. It's a thoroughly theatrical invention from an artist who straddled stage and screen.


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