Dr. Popaul

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Dr. Popaul
Docteur Popaul Poster.jpg
Directed by Claude Chabrol
Produced by Andre Genoves
Written by Paul Gégauff
Based on novel Meurtre à loisirby Hubert Monteilhet
Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo
Mia Farrow
Laura Antonelli
Cinematography Jean Rabier
Certio Films
Distributed by Independent Artists (US)
Release dates
1972 (France)
1976 (UK)
1981 (US)
Running time
115 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office 2,062,042 admissions (France)[1]

Dr. Popaul is a 1972 French black comedy film directed by Claude Chabrol. also known under the titles High Heels and Scoundrel in White.

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 who 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.



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.[2] It was not released in the US until 1981, where it had the title High Heels.[3]

"It stinks" said the Los Angeles Times.[4]


  1. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Mainly on the Plain Janes The Guardian (1959-2003) [London (UK)] 02 Jan 1976: 10.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ WORST FOOT FORWARD IN 'HIGH HEELS' Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Dec 1981: j24.

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