Abus de Confiance (1937)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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French director Henri Decoin was married to actress Danielle Darrieux for nearly seven years during which time he cast her in several uninspiring vehicles such as this one. Darrieux plays Lydia, a struggling law student who poses as the estranged daughter of famous historian Jacques Ferney (Charles Vanel). She abuses Ferney's confidence in order to make him adopt her, thus ending her financial problems. Later, the fledgling lawyer finds herself in court, defending a woman in similar circumstances. Vanel and Darrieux are quite good in their early scenes, but the last part of the film seems wooden and contrived.

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con/scam, daughter, death, education, espionage, finances, fraud, lawyer, mistress, writing