White Paws

White Paws (French: Pattes blanches) is a 1949 French drama film directed by Jean Grémillon and starring Suzy Delair, Fernand Ledoux and Paul Bernard.[1] The Paws of the title refer to the white spats wore by the protagonist, the aristocratic owner of an estate on the French coast.

White Paws
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Directed byJean Grémillon
Produced byRoger De Venloo
Written byJean Anouilh
Jean Bernard-Luc
StarringSuzy Delair
Fernand Ledoux
Paul Bernard
Music byElsa Barraine
CinematographyPhilippe Agostini
Edited byLouisette Hautecoeur
Majestic Films
Distributed byDisCina
Release date
13 April 1949
Running time
92 minutes

It was shot at the Neuilly Studios in Paris and on location in Erquy in Brittany. The film's sets were designed by the art director Léon Barsacq. Grémillon had attempted to produce several film projects since the financial failure of The Woman Who Dared in 1944, but this was the first feature he had managed to make. Similar in plot and atmosphere to his wartime film Summer Light, this resulted in another commercial failure and Grémillon's eclipse as a leading French director by other filmmakers such as Henri Georges-Clouzot.[2]


In Brittany, inn owner Jock Le Guen brings his mistress Odette back to town with him but she soon takes up with the aristocratic eccentric Julien de Keriadec, derisively known to the inhabitants as "White Paws". Their relationship ultimately ends tragically.



  1. ^ Williams p.286
  2. ^ Williams p.286


  • Williams, Alan. Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking. Harvard University Press, 1992.

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