Le Bossu (1959 film)

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Le bossu
Directed by André Hunebelle
Produced by Paul Cadeac d'Arbaud
Written by Jean Halain dialogue
Pierre Foucaud
André Hunebelle
Based on Le bossu
by Paul Féval
Starring Jean Marais
Sabine Sesselmann
Music by Jean Marion
Cinematography Marcel Grignon
Edited by Jean Feyte
Release date
  • November 26, 1959 (1959-11-26) (Eastern Germany)

January 13, 1960 (1960-01-13)
Running time
104 minutes
Country France
Language French

Le Bossu is a French-Italian swashbuckler film starring Jean Marais and directed by André Hunebelle. The film also featured Bourvil, possibly the most popular French comedian of the time. So successful was the formula that Hunebelle teamed up the same two actors for his next action film, Captain Blood.[1]


Duke Philippe de Nevers (Hubert Noël) is an influential and popular man who is married to a beautiful wife called Isabelle (Sabine Sesselmann). His rival Philippe de Gonzague (François Chaumette) hates him enough to organise an attempt on him. The Duke is accompanied by Henri de Lagardère (Jean Marais) when de Gonzague's henchmen altogether attack him. Lagardère cannot save his friend because the both of them are hopelessly outnumbered. He has to escape in order to save the Duke's daughter and swears revenge. Together with his old buddy Passepoil (Bourvil) he raises the little girl in Spain. At the same time he returns frequently to France where he detects confronts his friend's murderers and puts them to the sword one by one until only their former leader is left. Finally he discovers that Philippe de Gonzague is the man for whom he is looking.


The film was shot between May 19 and July 28 in the "Franstudio" of Saint-Maurice and in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The scene showing how three henchmen are sent to Spain for Lagardère and the duke's daughter were shot at the Pont du Diable (Céret).
Maître d'armes André Gardère was the accountable instructor concerning the choreography of all fencing scenes.
Guy Delorme, who would play Comte de Rochefort in Bernard Borderie's 1961 version of The Three Musketeers appears here as a henchman.
Sabine Sesselmann was dubbed by Gilberte Aubry (as Aurore de Nevers) and Jacqueline Porel (as Isabelle de Caylus).


Actor Character
Jean Marais Henri de Lagardère alias le Bossu
Bourvil Passepoil
Sabine Sesselmann Aurore de Nevers
Isabelle de Caylus
François Chaumette Philippe de Gonzague
Jean Le Poulain Monsieur de Peyrolles
Hubert Noël Duke Philippe de Nevers
Paulette Dubost Lady Marthe
Paul Cambo Philippe II, Duke of Orléans
Edmond Beauchamp Don Miguel
Georges Douking Marquis de Caylus
Guy Delorme henchman

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This article incorporates information from the French Wikipedia.

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