Le Requisitoire (1931)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Le Requisitoire is the French-language version of the 1931 Paramount drama Manslaughter. Though Claudette Colbert, the star of the original film, was fluent in both French and English, her role was taken over in this version by Marcelle Chantal. The heroine is a spoiled-rotten heiress whose reckless driving causes the death of a motorcycle cop. Despite her money and influence, she is sentenced to prison, where for the first time in her life she is denied preferential treatment. Vowing revenge against the moralist DA who put her behind bars, she ends up falling in love with him instead. Le Requisitoire, like its American counterpart, was based on a novel by Alice Duer Miller, previously filmed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1922.