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Be Beautiful But Shut Up (1958)

Sois belle et tais-toi (original title)
A beautiful 18-year-old orphan escapes from a reformatory and hooks up wth a gang of jewel smugglers, and decides on a life of crime. However, she falls for and marries a policeman, putting... See full summary »


Marc Allégret


Marc Allégret, Gabriel Arout (adaptation) | 4 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Henri Vidal ... Jean Morel
Mylène Demongeot ... Virginie Dumayet
Béatrice Altariba ... Olga Babitcheff
René Lefèvre ... Monsieur Raphael
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Pierrot
Anne Collette ... Prudence
Robert Dalban ... Le commissaire Gotterat
François Darbon François Darbon ... Gino
Robert Bazil Robert Bazil ... Le patron de l'auberge
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La grand-mère de Jean
André Thorent André Thorent ... Le chauffeur de Charlemagne
Alain Delon ... Loulou
Roger Hanin ... Charlemagne
Darry Cowl ... L'inspecteur Jerome


A beautiful 18-year-old orphan escapes from a reformatory and hooks up wth a gang of jewel smugglers, and decides on a life of crime. However, she falls for and marries a policeman, putting a crimp in her criminal career. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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7 May 1958 (France) See more »

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Be Beautiful But Shut Up See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The English-track version ends with the title line of dialog, accurately translated as Vidal says "Be Beautiful and Shut Up". However, the DVD packaging is titled "Be Beautiful but Shut Up" instead. See more »

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Only the cast makes that watchable today.
1 January 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Marc Allégret began his career in the late twenties ,but he's remembered for "Fanny"(1932) (but it's mainly Marcel Pagnol's work) and "entrée des artistes"(1938) (but it's mainly Louis Jouvet's performance that' s worth the price of admission).His brother,Yves -who was Simone Signoret's first husband- Allégret gave more memorable works (such as "une si jolie petite plage" "manèges" or "les orgueilleux").

"Sois belle et tais-toi" epitomizes the worst of the French cinema de qualité before the nouvelle vague -one should never forget that there was a great great cinema de qualité with such directors as Clouzot,Duvivier,Decoin,Becker and even Delannoy-;it remains enjoyable -I pass over in silence the screenplay which final line (the title: stay pretty and shut up)will infuriate the feminists-because of the cast:

1.The first time Delon and Belmondo played together (there were three movies in all ,the others being "Borsalino" (1970) and "une chance sur deux" (1998)) just before the time they became the biggest French superstars of the sixties.

2.One of Henri Vidal's last part:he was the fifties' most popular actor and his death in 1960 would make way for his two young supporting actors.

3.Mylène Demongeot was not lucky:they tried to make her a new Brigitte Bardot and there was no room for two ,so her career suffered accordingly.One should note that M.Allegret had already directed B. Bardot just before "sois belle et tais-toi" ,in "en effeuillant la marguerite".

4.Other actors include Roger Hanin ,François Mitterrand's brother-in-law ,and comic actor Darry Cowl.

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