Les Diaboliques

The DVD for this intriguing French movie is VERY expensive in the catalogs, but Simone Signoret ("Room at the Top" and ("Guy de Maupassant") is mesmerizing as the mistress of a school administrator who is married to an ailing wealthy woman, played by Vera Clouzot ("Les Espions").

This little gem features a scruffy detective who might have provided the blueprint for American television's "Columbo." In European movies at the time (1955), people really COULD get away with murder...or could they?