The Proud and the Beautiful

The Proud and the Beautiful (French: Les Orgueilleux, sub-title: Alvarado, aka The Proud Ones) is a 1953 drama film directed by Yves Allégret. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story (the nomination officially went to Jean-Paul Sartre), but lost to Dalton Trumbo (under the pseudonym Robert Rich) for The Brave One.

The Proud and the Beautiful
Les Orgueilleux
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Directed byYves Allégret
Rafael E. Portas
Written byJean-Paul Sartre
(story: Typhus)
Yves Allégret
Jean Aurenche
(scenario and dialogue)
Jean Clouzot
Produced byRaymond Borderie
Salvador Elizondo
StarringMichèle Morgan
Gérard Philipe
Carlos López Moctezuma
Roberto Manuel Mendoza
CinematographyAlex Phillips
Edited byClaude Nicole
Music byPaul Misraki
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (France)
Release date
  • 25 November 1953 (1953-11-25) (France)
Running time
103 minutes
Box office2,805,061 admissions (France)[1]


  • Michèle Morgan as Nellie, a beautiful French tourist, whose husband suddenly dies, leaving her without resource in a foreign squalid village.
  • Gérard Philipe as Georges, a castaway drunkard, bubble of the local mob, formerly French M.D.
  • Carlos López Moctezuma as "el doctor", the local worn-out M.D.
  • Roberto Manuel Mendoza as Don Rodrigo, the local god-father, a typical bullying macho.
  • Michèle Cordoue as Anna, Don Rodrigo's harsh and vulgar French wife.
  • André Toffel as Tom, a French tourist stopping to die of meningitis in Alvarado
  • Arturo Soto Rangel as the local priest.
  • Luis Buñuel as one of Don Rodrigo's gun-bearers. The realistic-satirical description of the plague, along with numerous local spicy private jokes in the abundant Spanish part of the dialogue certainly owes a lot to the guest-star's presence.


  1. ^ "Box Office Success of Gerard Philippe films". Box Office Story.

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