La Verite Sur Bebe Donge (1951)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 124 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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La Verite sur Bebe Donge is another "socko" pure-entertainment vehicle from prolific French filmmaker Henri Decoin. The film stars Decoin's former wife Danielle Darrieux as the title character Bebe Donge, the wife of industrialist Francois Donge (Jean Gabin). Concerned only with surface values, Donge has taken Bebe as a "trophy bride," neither extending nor expecting any real affection. Bebe's frustration with this untenable domestic set-up inevitably leads to tragedy. A trick ending keeps the viewer on the edge of the chair right up to the fadeout. Originally running 124 minutes, La Verite sur Bebe Donge was trimmed considerably before its American release.