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A Kiss for a Killer (1957)

Une manche et la belle (original title)
Betty Farnwell, a rich widow living in Nice, decides to marry Philippe, a good-looking but self-interested man. No sooner has he got married than he meets bewitching young Eve, Betty's ... See full summary »

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Henri Verneuil

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François Boyer (dialogue), François Boyer (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henri Vidal ... Philippe Delaroche
Mylène Demongeot ... Eva Dollan
Isa Miranda ... Betty Farnwell
Jean-Loup Philippe ... Bob Farnwell (as Jean-Lou Philippe)
Simone Bach Simone Bach ... Sylvette Guibert
Antonin Berval Antonin Berval ... Le maire
Jean Galland ... Bank manager
Ky Duyen Ky Duyen ... Chang
André Roanne ... Le commissaire
Marc Valbel Marc Valbel ... Monsieur Edmond
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... L'inspecteur de police Malard
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Betty Farnwell, a rich widow living in Nice, decides to marry Philippe, a good-looking but self-interested man. No sooner has he got married than he meets bewitching young Eve, Betty's niece, and falls for her. Eve becomes his lover but the trouble is that she happens to be as calculating as he is. As a result she plans to marry a rich young man as Philippe is bound by the ties of marriage. Philippe can't stand such a prospect and decides, with the complicity of the young woman, to murder Betty... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Born to drive men mad! See more »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 November 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Kiss for a Killer See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Spéva Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sunset Boulevard meets Double Indemnity
5 May 2008 | by eddiehuffSee all my reviews

A solid film noir with strong echoes of Sunset Boulevard (the "kept man" who comes to hate his keeper) and Double Indemnity. The dialog lacks the crackle of the best noir, and I found the performance by leading man Henri Vidal lackluster. Some of the rear-projection driving scenes are unintentionally hilarious -- they reminded me of a sequence in Airplane! And a scene at a wrestling match -- possibly a failed attempt at foreshadowing -- seemed badly out of place, more appropriate for Nothing Sacred or (Zucker Brothers again) a Police Squad! episode. But Mylène Demongeot is terrific (not to mention hot) in a fresh-faced variation on Barbara Stanwyck's femme fatale role in Double Indemnity. The plot has several nice twists. Hard to find (I happened to spot a poorly transferred VHS copy at a library book sale) but worth checking out.


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