The Chess Player (1938 film)

The Chess Player (French: Le joueur d'échecs) is a 1938 French historical drama film directed by Jean Dréville and starring Françoise Rosay, Conrad Veidt and Bernard Lancret.[1] It is a remake of the 1927 silent film The Chess Player, itself based on the 1926 novel of the same title by Henry Dupuy-Mazuel. The film takes place in Vilnius during the reign of Catherine the Great.

The Chess Player
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Directed byJean Dréville
Produced byAntoine de Rouvre
Jacques Schwob-d'Héricourt
Written byAndré Doderet
Jean Dréville
Albert Guyot
Roger Vitrac
Bernard Zimmer
Based onLe Jour d'échecs
by Henry Dupuy-Mazuel
StarringFrançoise Rosay
Conrad Veidt
Bernard Lancret
Music byJean Lenoir
CinematographyRené Gaveau
André Thomas
Edited byRaymond Leboursier
Société des Films Vega
Distributed byCompagnie Française Cinématographique (France)
Columbia Pictures (United States)
Release date
November 25, 1938 (France)
December 3, 1939 (United States)
Running time
90 minutes

It was shot at the Cité Elgé studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Lucien Aguettand. It was released by Compagnie Française Cinématographique in France and Columbia Pictures in the United States



  1. ^ Soister p.281


  • Crisp, Colin. Genre, Myth and Convention in the French Cinema, 1929-1939. Indiana University Press, 2002.

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