Le Dossier noir (1955)
aka: Black Dossier
A film directed by André Cayatte

Genre: Comedy / Drama


Recently appointed a magistrate, Jacques Arnaud arrives in Lancourt, a small provincial town which is under the control of Boussard, an scrupulous businessman. Arnaud's first client is Dutoit, who rears German sheep dogs for a living. Dutoit  reports that someone has been poisoning his dogs. Could it be the same person who has recently broken into his house to steal a black file drawn up by his friend Le Guen just before he died, a file that implicates Boussard in fraudulent speculation?   Suspicious, Arnaud begins by exhuming le Guen's body; the autopsy reveals the presence of arsenic. Acting under the influence of Boussard, Inspector Franconi begins his own investigation with the intention of establishing Dutoit as le Guen's killer. Meanwhile, Inspector Noblet arrives from Paris with another hypothesis. He believes that le Guen was murdered by his wife, Françoise, after she had had an affair with her brother-in-law Gilbert...
© Willems Henri (Brussels, Belgium)

Film Review

Le Dossier noir is an Italian-French film comedy-drama first released in France on 18th May 1955, directed by André Cayatte. The film stars Jean-Marc Bory, Danièle Delorme, Bernard Blier, Lea Padovani and Antoine Balpêtré. It has also been released under the title: Black Dossier.   It is a Spéva Films production, produced by Angelo Rizzoli and distributed by Cinédis.  

Our overall rating for Le Dossier noir is: good - passable entertainment.

Other recommended films that have been directed by André Cayatte include: Au bonheur des dames (1943), Les Amants de Vérone (1949), Le Passage du Rhin (1960) and À chacun son enfer (1977). The actor Jean-Marc Bory has also appeared in: Les Amants (1958), Triple Cross (1966), Lo Straniero (1967) and L'affaire Seznec [TV] (1993).

Other comedy/drama films of the 1950s from Italy that are worth watching include: Luchino Visconti's Bellissima (1951), Federico Fellini's I Vitelloni (1953), Mauro Bolognini's La Notte brava (1959), Federico Fellini's Le Notti di Cabiria (1957) and Julien Duvivier's Le Petit monde de Don Camillo (1952).

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Film Credits

  • Director: André Cayatte
  • Script: André Cayatte, Charles Spaak
  • Photo: Jean Bourgoin
  • Music: Louiguy
  • Cast: Jean-Marc Bory (Juge Jacques Arnaud), Danièle Delorme (Yvonne Dutoit), Bernard Blier (Commissaire Noblet), Lea Padovani (Françoise Le Guen), Antoine Balpêtré (Dutoit), Paul Frankeur (Charles Broussard), Nelly Borgeaud (Danièle Limousin), Noël Roquevert (Commissaire Franconi), Daniel Cauchy (Jo), Giani Esposito (Jean de Montesson), Jacques Duby (Flavier), Henri Crémieux (Le procureur Limousin), Christian Fourcade (Le petit Alain Le Guen), André Valmy (Inspecteur Carlier), Gabrielle Fontan (Mme. Micoulin), Lucien Nat (Dr. Dessouche), René Génin (Le greffier), Sylvie (Mme. Baju), Enrico Glori (Vaillant), Jean-Pierre Grenier (Gilbert Le Guen), Héléna Manson (Mme. Limousin), Jacques Marin (Un policier), Yvette Etiévant (Mme. Piriou), Madeleine Barbulée (La soeur du procureur), Edmond Ardisson (Le restaurateur)
  • Country: Italy / France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 115 min
  • Aka: Black Dossier
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