The legendary Billy Wilder made his debut as a director with this comedy, shot in France (in collaboration with Alexander Esway) shortly before Wilder emigrated to the United States. Henry (Pierre Mingland) is a carefree young man who has fallen out of favor with his wealthy father, a doctor. Short on money and looking for excitement, Henry becomes involved with a gang of car thieves, and gets to know Jeanette (Danielle Darrieux), sister of the gang's leader who often acts as a decoy to distract young men with new cars as the thieves do their work. Henry soon falls in love with Jeanette, but discovers a life of crime is a bit more dangerous than he was counting on. Mauvaise Graine would prove to be Wilder's last European film; he wouldn't direct again for another nine years, when he made The Major and the Minor after establishing himself as a top screenwriter. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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this kind of dvd supports the reason i joined online rentals-to find surprising/entertaining releases unavail in stores. before dvd's this kind of film might be avail in a small/local vhs rental store but the big dvd chains carry mostly mainstream product so it's improbable to find a gem like this except online. often end up buying these dvd's if i really want to watch them since they are not always avail online so i applaud bbust on offering this fun tale. wow-billy wilder directing a french comedy many yrs before some like it hot. what a treat to view so many parisian sites from the 1930's since most of this movie was shot outside on location rather than on studio sets or boring interiors. highly recommended, i might even buy this dvd later?