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The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)
"L'assassin habite... au 21" (original title)

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Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

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(novel) (as Mr. S.A. Steemann) , (adaptation) (as H.G. Clouzot) , 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Fresnay ...
Suzy Delair ...
Jean Tissier ...
Triquet, aka professeur Lalah-Poor
Pierre Larquey ...
Noël Roquevert ...
Docteur Théodore Linz
René Génin ...
Alfred, l'ivrogne
Jean Despeaux ...
Kid Robert
Marc Natol ...
Armand, le valet de chambre (as Natol)
Huguette Vivier ...
Mademoiselle Vania
Odette Talazac ...
Madame Point
Maximilienne ...
Mademoiselle Cuq
Sylvette Saugé ...
Christiane Perret, la poule
Louis Florencie ...
Commissaire Monnet
André Gabriello ...
L'agent Pussot (as Gabriello)
Raymond Bussières ...
Jean-Baptiste Turlot (as Bussières)
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Dapper Inspector Vorobechik ('Wens' for short) is assigned the case of a serial killer who leaves a calling card on his victims; Monsieur Durand. Wens' mistress, struggling actress Mila Malou, determines to get publicity for herself by helping him. Learning that Durand is one of the eccentric tenants of a boarding house at No. 21 Avenue Junot, Wens takes a room in the guise of a Protestant minister; only to be followed by Mila who hardly seems like a minister's wife! Suspects are arrested, but while each is in jail, there's another murder... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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charming noir-ish comedy-thriller
9 April 2001 | by (los angeles) – See all my reviews

This light murder mystery, with Pierre Fresnay as the cool detective and the delightful (if a bit overwhelming) Suzy Delair as his "sidekick," somewhat a la Nick & Nora Charles, is in style and casting (Fresnay, Pierre Larquey, Noel Roquevert), sexual tension, even theme - the ambiguity of criminal responsibility - a prelude to Clouzot's far more significant Le corbeau (1943). The Fresnay-Delair duo brings fresh air to the claustrophobic space of Vichy cinema.


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