|The Affair of the Poisons|
|Directed by||Henri Decoin|
|Written by||Henri Decoin |
|Based on||The Affair of the Poisons by Victorien Sardou|
|Produced by|| Henry Deutschmeister |
|Starring|| Danielle Darrieux |
|Edited by||Claude Durand|
|Music by||René Cloërec|
Franco London Films
|4 November 1955|
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