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L'assassin habite... au 21 (1942)

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

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Jean Tissier ...
Triquet, aka professeur Lalah-Poor
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Monsieur Colin
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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PIERRE FRESNAY as the French Dick who knew all the answers in a Merry Murder Mystery


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16 August 1947 (USA)  »

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The Murderer Lives at #21  »

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There is a poster for this movie displayed in the theatre in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, before Wren's boss goes into his office looking for him, a clear shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind him in the hallway. See more »

Quotes

Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: [From the English subtitles of the French dialogue] I'll pop your blackheads to cheer you up.
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: Leave me alone.
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: Just one.
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: Leave me alone!
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: You're covered in them.
[She begins squeezing various places on his face]
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: They'll get big and leave pocks...
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: ...That hurts!
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: Hold still. It's like vermicelli.
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: You're disgusting.
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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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