The Champagne Murders


1h 45m 1968
The Champagne Murders

Brief Synopsis

The power-hungry, wealthy owner of a champagne company and her husband attempt to undermine a rich playboy with relevant insider's information by making him believe he's a murderer.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le scandale
Genre
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Mar 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Productions France
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

American-born ex-gigolo Christopher Balling is married to a wealthy Frenchwoman, Christine, who wants to sell her champagne company to a U. S. syndicate. However, the champagne's brand name is owned by Christopher's closest friend, playboy Paul Wagner, who refuses to sell. To make matters worse, Paul, emotionally unstable as a result of an incident in which he was inexplicably attacked and a female companion murdered, becomes drunk at a party and insults the American bidders. With her negotiations imperiled, Christine asks Christopher to accompany Paul on a trip to Hamburg, hoping that he can persuade Paul to sign the agreement. After a visit to a Hamburg nightclub, Christopher goes off with an attractive blonde, leaving Paul with a prostitute, Paula. Paul eventually passes out from drink, and, upon waking in the morning, he discovers that Paula has disappeared. In fact she is dead. Christine is informed of the murder by a newspaper clipping sent through the mail, and she attempts to blackmail Paul into selling the brand name. Paul, now on the verge of a breakdown, goes with Christopher to a party and is openly enticed by the hostess, sculptress Evelyn Wharton. Again Paul passes out, and, upon regaining consciousness, he finds himself alone with Evelyn's murdered body. He visits Christine and agrees to sign the necessary papers for the American deal, but later he finds Christine murdered in her bed. Exploring further, he discovers Christopher with the blonde woman he met in Germany. It is revealed that she is the murderess; in the guise of a plain-looking secretary she has worked for Christine, living in the same house, and has schemed to give Christopher control of his wife's fortune. She tries to shoot Paul, and as Christopher attempts to protect his friend, the three struggle on the floor.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le scandale
Genre
Crime
Mystery
Release Date
Mar 1968
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Productions France
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in March 1967 as Le scandale; running time: 107 min. William Benjamin is a pseudonym for Raymond Eger. Filmed simultaneously in French and English.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in France 1967

Released in United States April 1968

Released in United States Spring April 1968

c Technicolor

The two versions, French and English, were shot simultaneously.

Techniscope

Released in France 1967

Released in United States April 1968

Released in United States Spring April 1968