Dupont Barbes (1952)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The title of this French romantic drama refers to a dingy French café, where a less than reputable clientele gathers on a daily basis. Madeleine LeBeau, at one time the wife of French film favorite Marcel Dalio (they both appeared memorably in Casablanca), stars as a larcenous prostitute who shakes down lecherous businessmen by feigning pregnancy. One of her victims is a middle-aged man Henri Vilbert, who instead of offering to pay the girl off wants to do the "honorable thing" by marrying her. Touched by the man's decency and sincerity, the woman considers the possibility of changing her ways. Though frequently corny and obvious, Dupont-Barbes is hard to dislike.