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Georges Simenon (novel)
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A gang of thieves utilizes a cross-road garage as the hideaway. During their last caper, the gang has accidentally murdered a jewel thief, and the heat is on. | Add synopsis »
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Pierre Renoir ... Le commissaire Maigret
Georges Térof ... Lucas (as G. Terof)
Winna Winifried ... Else Andersen (as Winna Winfried)
Georges Koudria ... Carl Andersen (as George Koudria)
Dignimont ... Oscar
G.A. Martin ... Granjean (as Martin)
Michel Duran ... Jojo
Jean Gehret ... Emile Michonnet (as Gehret)
Boulicot ... Un gendarme
Max Dalban ... Le docteur (as Dalban)
Roger Gaillard ... Le boucher (as Gaillard)
Jean Mitry ... Arsène
Jane Pierson ... Mme Michonnet

Manuel Raaby ... Guido (as Rabby)
Lucie Vallat ... Michelle, la femme d'Oscar

Directed by
Jean Renoir 
Writing credits
Georges Simenon (novel)

Jean Renoir (adaptation and dialogue)

Cinematography by
Georges Asselin 
Marcel Lucien 
Film Editing by
Marguerite Renoir  (as Marguerite Houllé-Renoir)
Production Design by
William Aguet 
Production Management
Jacques Becker .... production manager
Roger Gaillard .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Becker .... assistant director
Maurice Blondeau .... assistant director
Jean Mitry .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jean Castanier .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Robert Bugnon .... sound (as Bugnon)
Joseph de Bretagne .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Fabian .... assistant camera
Claude Renoir .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Suzanne de Troeye .... assistant editor
Other crew
Mimi Champagne .... script girl

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Also Known As:
"La nuit du carrefour" - France (original title)
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France:75 min | 70 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)

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Several critics in 1932 noted that there seemed to be certain necessary scenes missing, and queried whether or not the film had been cut. Other sources suggested that some footage shot on location had been lost en route to the film laboratories in Paris. By the time the discrepancies had been discovered, Jean Renoir was already at work on another film and re-takes were impossible. Years later, after Renoir's death, Georges Simenon claimed that Renoir had been deeply unhappy and drinking heavily throughout the shoot (his first marriage had lately broken up) and had simply neglected to film certain necessary scenes. Simenon also said he had been approached to appear in newly-filmed inserts in which he would explain what the missing footage would have contained - an absurd idea which he rejected out of hand.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A reel was the fog?, 13 January 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

An user says that the movie is inept.He is not completely wrong.But it's not Renoir's fault.You've got to know that one reel was definitively lost and that may account for some plot holes (Winna Winifried's behavior for instance) The plot is not essential .The atmosphere of a humid country where the fog falls every night matters more .There's also a study of xenophobia -although the ending (a bit incomprehensible anyway)- tends to deny it.

They say Simenon did not like the film.If you like French movies based on the Belgian writer's books try Duvivier's "Panique" and Delannoy's "Maigret et l'Affaire Saint-Fiacre" and "Maigret Tend un Piège".

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