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|Directed by||Claude Chabrol|
|Produced by||Andre Genoves
Jean Paul Belmondo (uncredited)
|Written by||Paul Gégauff|
|Based on||novel Meurtre à loisirby Hubert Monteilhet|
Les Films de la Boétie
|Distributed by||Independent Artists (US)|
|Box office||2,062,042 admissions (France)|
The film was based on the 1969 novel Meurtre à loisir by Hubert Monteilhet, translated into English as Murder at Leisure.
Paul (Belmondo), a former womanizer, marries the head of the medical department's "unattractive" daughter Christine (Farrow) because he thinks attractive women can't be trusted and make poor wives.
A car accident leaves him bedridden and he begins to miss his playboy days, when Christine's bombshell sister Martine (Antonelli) arrives and Paul decides he must have her. He begins drugging Christine at night so he can sneak out to kill off Martine's many suitors one by one.
- Jean-Paul Belmondo as Dr. Paul Simay
- Mia Farrow as Christine Dupont
- Laura Antonelli as Martine Dupont
- Marlène Appelt as Carole
- Dominique Zardi as the Bishop
- Daniel Lecourtois as Professeur Dupont
- Patrick Préjean as Arthur Rignard
- Michel Peyrelon as Joseph
- Henri Attal as Old Woman
The film was the first movie from Belmondo's own production company, Cerito Films.
At the time of its release, it was the biggest hit of Chabrol's career. However it was not released in Britain until 1976, where it was titled Scoundrel in White. It was not released in the US until 1981, where it had the title High Heels.
"It stinks" said the Los Angeles Times.
- Box office information for film at Box Office Story
- Mainly on the Plain Janes The Guardian (1959-2003) [London (UK)] 02 Jan 1976: 10.
- Film: Chabrol's 'High Heels' And Schatzberg's 'Dandy': Twists of Fate Canby, Vincent. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 26 June 1981: C8.
- WORST FOOT FORWARD IN 'HIGH HEELS' Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Dec 1981: j24.
- Dr. Popaul at the Internet Movie Database
- Dr Popaul at Le Film Guide
- Contemporary TV report on the making of the film (in French]
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