Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 21, 1959

Back to the Wall (Essex-Universal; Ellis) is a French murder mystery. The victim (Philippe Nicaud) is a young Parisian actor who drinks Scotch and smokes English cigarettes, but his outstanding habit is routinely French. The poor fellow cannot stop making love to another man's wife (Jeanne Moreau), his sweetheart from drama-school days. As the film begins, the husband (Gerard Oury), a dull young electronics millionaire, is expanding his plant, reinforcing a new concrete wall with the corpse of his wife's lover.

The rest is one long cuckold-doodle-do. The husband explains by flashbacks how...

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