La Loi des rues (1956)
aka: Law of the Streets
A film directed by Ralph Habib

Genre: Drama


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Yves Treguier is an orphan who has spent his entire life in children's homes. Now a rebellious adolescent, Yves goes on the run and heads for Paris, where he falls under the protection of Dédé la Glace, a sympathetic crook. When Dédé falls ill, Yves finds work as a drugs trafficker so that he can pay his doctor's bills. One day, he meets a 17-year-old girl named Zette to whom he is instantly attracted. When she becomes pregnant, Yves makes the decision to become an honest man. But life still isn't kind to Yves...
© Willems Henri (Brussels, Belgium)

Film Review

La Loi des rues is a French film drama first released in France on 25th April 1956, directed by Ralph Habib. The film is based on a novel by Auguste Le Breton and stars Raymond Pellegrin, Silvana Pampanini, Fernand Ledoux, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Jean Gaven. It has also been released under the title: Law of the Streets.   It is a Paul Graetz Transcontinental production, produced by Paul Graetz and distributed by Columbia Films.  

Our overall rating for La Loi des rues is: mediocre - watchable, but not unless you have something better to do,

Other notable films that have been directed by Ralph Habib include: Rue des Saussaies (1951), Crainquebille (1954), Escapade (1957) and Le Solitaire passe à l'attaque (1966). The actor Raymond Pellegrin has also appeared in: I misteri di Roma (1963), Le Complot (1973), Die Antwort kennt nur der Wind (1974) and Big Man: Polizza droga [TV] (1988).

Other drama films of the 1950s from France that are recommended viewing include: Jean-Pierre Melville's Les Enfants terribles (1950), Alain Resnais's Hiroshima mon amour (1959), Jacqueline Audry's Olivia (1951), Henri-Georges Clouzot's Le Salaire de la peur (1953) and Edouard Molinaro's Un témoin dans la ville (1959).

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Film Credits

  • Director: Ralph Habib
  • Script: Jean Ferry, Ralph Habib, Auguste Le Breton (novel)
  • Photo: Pierre Petit
  • Music: Joseph Kosma, Marcel Stern
  • Cast: Raymond Pellegrin (Jo le Grec), Silvana Pampanini (Wanda), Fernand Ledoux (Père Blain), Jean-Louis Trintignant (YvesTréguier), Jean Gaven (Dède La Glace), Josette Arno (Zette), Jean-Marc Tennberg (Marcel), Mary Marquet (Madame Blain), Louis de Funès (Paulo), Lino Ventura (Mario), Roland Lesaffre (Le grêle), Marius Laurey (Le Rat), Robert Dalban (Le camionneur), Lanciers (Pierre), Angelvin (Charlot), Jo Peignot (Raymond), Jacques Dhéry (L'agent cycliste), Émile Genevois, Geymond Vital, Jacques Berthier, Pierre Sergeol, Harry-Max, Paulette Laurent, René Hell, Laure Paillette
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Aka: Law of the Streets
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