Le testament du Docteur Cordelier (1959)

74m (UK), 95m
35mm film, 6,660 feet, 4:3
mono, French

A French horror television film directed by Jean Renoir.


Director: Jean Renoir
© [not given on screen]
Consortium Pathé presents an R.T.F.-S.O.F.I.R.A.D., Compagnie Jean Renoir production
Production Manager: Albert Hollebeke
Screenplay: Jean Renoir
Novel: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson *
1st Assistant Director: Maurice Beuchey
Continuity: Andrée Gauthey, Marinette Pasquet
Director of Photography: Georges Leclerc
Camera Operators: Bernard Girod, Jean Graglia, Pierre Guegen, Pierre Lebon, Gilbert Perrot-Minot, Arthur Raymond, Gilbert Sandoz
Editor: Renée Lichtig
Laboratory: Franay L.T.C. Saint-Cloud
Music by: Joseph Kosma
Sound: Joseph Richard
Costumes: Monique Dunand
Special Effects: Lax
Art Director: Marcel-Louis Dieulot
Artistic Collaborator: Jean Serge
Technical Collaborator: Yves-André Hubert

Jean-Louis Barrault [Dr Cordelier/Opale]
Teddy Bilis (Maître Joly)
Sylviane Margollé (the little girl)
Jean Topart (Désiré)
Michel Vitold (Dr Lucien Séverin)
Micheline Gary (Marguerite)
Jacques Dannoville (Commissaire Lardaut)
André Certes (Inspecteur Salbris)
Jean-Pierre Granval (hotel patron)
Céline Sales (the first girl)
Jacqueline Morane (Alberte)
Ghislaine Dumont (Suzy)
Madeleine Marion (Juliette)
Didier d'Yd (Georges)
Primerose Perret (Mary)
Raymond Jourdan (disabled man)
Jaque Catelain (ambassador)
Régine Blaess (his wife)
Gaston Modot (Blaise)
Jacqueline Frot (Camille)

Alternative Titles

The Doctor's Horrible Experiment – USA
Experiment in Evil – UK, USA
Pirullista peliä – Finland
Das Testament des Dr Cordelier – West Germany
The Testament of Doctor Cordelier
El testamento del Dr Cordelier – Spain
Il testamento del mostro – Italy
O Testamento do Médico e do Monstro – Portugal
Tohtori Cordelierin testamentti – Finland

Extracts included in
Extraños (1999)



  • L'Avant-Scène Cinéma no.6 (July 1961) pp.3-38 (France) – credits
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.100 (1961) p.23 (France) – note
  • Cahiers du Cinéma no.123 (1961) – review
  • Cinématographie Français no.1942 (25 November 1961) p.24 – review
  • Film Français no.911 (17 November 1961) p.24 – review
  • Film Journal April 1963 p.102 – review
  • Kine Weekly no.2893 (14 March 1963) p.22 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.30 no.351 (April 1963) p.46 – credits, synopsis, review (by T.M.)
  • Shivers no.97 (June/July 2002) pp.88-89 – illustrated article
  • Tiempo de Cine vol.3 no.10/11 (August 1962) p.49 – review
  • Today's Cinema vol.59 no.38 p.31 – interview
  • Today's Cinema vol.60 p.106 – review
  • Variety 16 September 1959 – credits, review (by Mosk)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.124
  • The Encyclopedia of Novels Into Films second edition by John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh pp.424-428 – illustrated credits, review (by J.C.T. [John C. Tibbetts])
  • Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby pp.73-75
  • French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction by Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier p.57-58
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.392-393
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.459-460
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.362-363 – illustrated review (by Rebecca Booth)