Release dateNovember 26, 1959 (1959-11-26) (Eastern Germany)
January 13, 1960 (1960-01-13)
(France) Based onLe bossu
by Paul Feval WriterPierre Foucaud, Paul Feval (novel), Jean Halain, Andre Hunebelle ScreenplayAndre Hunebelle, Jean Halain, Pierre Foucaud CastJean Marais (Henri de Lagardère), Bourvil (Passepoil), Sabine Sesselmann (Aurore de Nevers / Isabelle de Caylus), François Chaumette (Philippe de Gonzague), Jean Le Poulain (Peyrolles), Hubert Noël (Philippe de Nevers) Similar moviesDirected by Andre Hunebelle, Jean Marais movies, Swashbuckler movies
Le Bossu is a French-Italian swashbuckler film starring Jean Marais and directed by André Hunebelle. The film also featured Bourvil, possibly the most popular French comedian of the time. So successful was the formula that Hunebelle teamed up the same two actors for his next action film, Captain Blood.
Duke Philippe de Nevers (Hubert Noël) is an influential and popular man who is married to a beautiful wife called Isabelle (Sabine Sesselmann). His rival Philippe de Gonzague (François Chaumette) hates him enough to organise an attempt on him. The Duke is accompanied by Henri de Lagardère (Jean Marais) when de Gonzague's henchmen altogether attack him. Lagardère cannot save his friend because the both of them are hopelessly outnumbered. He has to escape in order to save the Duke's daughter and swears revenge. Together with his old buddy Passepoil (Bourvil) he raises the little girl in Spain. At the same time he returns frequently to France where he detects confronts his friend's murderers and puts them to the sword one by one until only their former leader is left. Finally he discovers that Philippe de Gonzague is the man for whom he is looking.
The film was shot between May 19 and July 28 in the "Franstudio" of Saint-Maurice and in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The scene showing how three henchmen are sent to Spain for Lagardère and the duke's daughter were shot at the Pont du Diable (Céret). Maître d'armes André Gardère was the accountable instructor concerning the choreography of all fencing scenes.
Guy Delorme, who would play Comte de Rochefort in Bernard Borderie's 1961 version of The Three Musketeers appears here as a henchman.
Sabine Sesselmann was dubbed by Gilberte Aubry (as Aurore de Nevers) and Jacqueline Porel (as Isabelle de Caylus).