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Le Mystère de la Mary Celeste

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Énigmes de l'histoire (1956-1957)
Le Mystère de la Mary Celeste (1956)

Le Mystère de la Mary Celeste (The Mystery of the Mary Celeste) is a French documentary-fiction, 3rd episode of the TV series Énigmes de l'histoire (Enigmas of History), aired on 10 july 1956 on O.R.T.F., with Gaston Rey as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 83 minutes.

The documentary explores the mystery of the Mary Celeste, a barque which has been found in 1862 with no passengers or crew onboard... Several hypothesis are played by actors and discussed by historians and naval experts.

In a fictional scene, the Strand Magazine editor gather Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. G Wells, and two other authors (Mr. Morrison and Mr. Roberts) to expose their hypothesis on the case. Conan Doyle tells that the "mad" cook of the ship poisoned all the crew... a statement which has nothing to do with what Conan Doyle ever wrote in real life. The documentary not even refer to Conan Doyle's J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement (1884) which, at the time, has been taken by journalists for a real account of what happened.

After the hypothesis they present the Laurence J. Keating version which was published in 1929 as The Great Mary Celeste Hoax (The Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, USA). Keating found a survivor of the Mary Celeste, Pemberton, the cook which gave a different version of the story...


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Cast

Actors

  • Pemberton : François Vibert
  • Hawley : Marcel Delaitre
  • Solly Flood : Hubert Lapparent
  • H. G. Wells : Robert Burnier
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle : Gaston Rey
  • Deveau : Alain Nobis
  • Moorhouse : Pierre Moncorbier
  • Morrison : René-Jean Chauffard
  • Roberts : Jean-Marie Serreau
  • Osborne : André Var
  • Hullock : Pierre Paulet
  • Briggs : Jean Dalmain
  • Winchester : Raymond Pélissier
  • Journalist : Olivier Mathot
  • Mrs. Briggs : Sylvie Adassa
  • Austin : Raymond Danjou
  • Moffat : Gérard Dournel
  • Whelligan : André Cellier
  • Dossel : Paul Crauchet
  • Wieland : Aram Stephan
  • Fortunato : Georges Aminel
  • Keating : André Dumas
  • Editor : Jean-Jacques Steen
  • Young Pemberton : Marius Laurey
  • Venholdt : Pierre Duncan
  • Sanson : Michel Trévières
  • Narrator : André Valmy

Historians

  • André Castelot
  • Alain Decaux
  • Stellio Lorenzi

Naval Experts

  • Robert de la Croix
  • René Maine


  • Screenplay : Alain Decaux, Stellio Lorenzi
  • Writer : Alain Decaux
  • Cameramen : Didier Minier, J. Stefanopoulos, Claude Gallaud, André Liénard
  • Sound : Jean Pouleau
  • Director Assistants : Maurice Chateau, Jaxques Audollent
  • Script : Jeanine Ginet
  • Costumes : Claude Catulle
  • Music : Dominique Paladilhe
  • Decoration : M. L. Dieulot
  • Cinematography : Jacques Manier
  • Producers : Stellio Lorenzi, André Castelot, Alain Decaux
  • Technical Assistance : Guy Lessertisseur






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