|JOY HOUSE (LES FELINS) (director/writer: Rene Clement; screenwriters: Pascal Jardin/Charles Williams/based on the novel by Day Keene; cinematographer: Henri Decaë ; editor: Fedora Zincone; music: Lalo Schifrin; cast: Jane Fonda (Melinda), Alain Delon (Marc), Lola Albright (Barbara), Carl Studer (Leftus), Sorrel Booke (Harry), Andre Oumansky (Vincent), Arthur Howard (Rev. Nielson); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Jacques Bar; MGM; 1964)|
|"Full of hooey."
by Dennis Schwartz
steamy drama written and directed by the esteemed
French filmmaker Rene Clement ("The
Damned"/"Purple Noon"/"Forbidden Games"), that's full
of hooey. It's based on the novel by Day Keene.
Co-writers are Pascal Jardin and Charles
Williams. If nothing else, it at least
cleverly blends together French and American styles.
con artist and lover boy, Marc (Alain Delon),
is on the run in the French Rivera from an American
gangster. He escapes a hit in Monte Carlo and then
while in a flophouse soup line the derelict manages to
get a chauffeur gig for the mansion living American
widowed Barbara (Lola Albright) and her
sexy American cousin Melinda (Jane Fonda). We soon
learn that Barbara's hubby was bumped off by her lover
Vincent (Andre Oumansky),
who hides in the attic. The scheming widow is hoping
the authorities will think Marc is her lover and
therefore arrest him instead of her real boyfriend.
Complications arise when the blackmailing Melinda
falls for Marc.
ever a title was wrongly named, this is the one.
REVIEWED ON 7/24/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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