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Diabolique

Released 1955
Distributor United Motion Pictures Organization

Alfred Hitchcock coveted the film rights to the novel She Who Was No More by Boileau & Narcejac but Henri-Georges Clouzot got there first (by hours, apparently). Soon afterward Hitch snapped up one of the duo’s other novels, which became Vertigo. A worldwide suspense sensation, Les Diaboliques was widely influential and has been remade for tv in 1974 (Reflections of Murder) and 1993 (House of Secrets) and for theaters in 1996.

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About John Badham

John Badham, is the director of Saturday Night Fever, War Games, Stakeout, Short Circuit and Point of No Return, among others, as well as the TV series, Nikita, Heroes, Psych, The Shield and Criminal Minds. A Professor of Media Arts at Chapman University, his book “I’ll Be In My Trailer” has become the go-to source on directors working with Actors.   September 2013 will see the publication of his new book “John Badham on Directing”.