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Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Pierre Fresnay ... L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens
Suzy Delair ... Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens
Jean Tissier ... Triquet, aka professeur Lalah-Poor
Pierre Larquey ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antoine Balpêtré ... Albert, le ministre de l'Intérieur (uncredited)
Paul Barge ... Le garçon de café (uncredited)
Léon Belières ... L'impresario (uncredited)
René Blancard ... Picard (uncredited)
Lucien Blondeau ... Edouard, le préfet de police (uncredited)
Geo Forster ... (uncredited)
Gustave Gallet ... Le directeur de la P. J. (uncredited)

Daniel Gélin ... (uncredited)
Léon Larive ... Le patron du bistrot (uncredited)
Albert Malbert ... Le chauffeur de taxi (uncredited)
Maurice Marceau ... Le type du café (uncredited)
Marcel Pérès ... L'inspecteur Ballandieu (uncredited)
Martial Rèbe ... Le caissier (uncredited)
Maurice Salabert ... Un agent (uncredited)
Guy Sloux ... Le journaliste Bob Destirac (uncredited)
André Varennes ... Le brigadier (uncredited)
Henri Vilbert ... Un agent (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henri-Georges Clouzot 
Writing credits
Stanislas-André Steeman (novel) (as Mr. S.A. Steemann)

Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation) (as H.G. Clouzot) &
Stanislas-André Steeman (adaptation) (as S.A. Steemann)

Henri-Georges Clouzot  dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Alfred Greven .... executive producer in charge of production (uncredited)
Alfred Greven .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Maurice Yvain 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard 
Film Editing by
Christian Gaudin (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Andrej Andrejew  (as André Andrejew)
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'assassin habite... au 21" - France (original title)
"The Murderer Lives at #21" - USA (alternative transliteration)
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84 min | France:79 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Recording)

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4 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Je Ne Sais Pas, 2 March 2012
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

I often wish I could speak French, especially when watching a French movie billed as a mystery/comedy. I can't seem to get my funny bone around the Gallic sense of humor - unless the sub-titles are doing me in. I thought "The Murderer Lives At #21" was a good, worthwhile mystery movie, one which was unsolvable until the end of the picture. I thought Pierre Fresnay was a very good Inspector Wens and I wished there could have been a whole series of Insp. Wens films. I recall that he played the sympathetic part of Capt. Boeldieu in "Grand Illusion", and I have a recording of him in a 1936 Cole Porter musical (he spoke but did not sing).

But why did the aura of menace disappear after the first murder? I really thought we were in for a special treat at that point. I liked the motley collection of suspects at the boarding house but none of them were menacing or threatening, just a peculiar group of people. Suzy Delair's presence is marginally grating, just as it was in "Quai Des Orfevres", and once again regaled us with a forgettable song or two. Someone mentioned the chemistry between Fresnay and Delair was reminiscent of Nick and Nora Charles. That may be so, but as I stated much of the playful banter was lost due to the language barrier. Moreover, I was never a fan of attempts to mix comedy and mystery, which was prevalent up until WW II. I don't think they blend well as one element tends to cancel out the other. This could be the reason for the aforementioned disappearance of the aura of menace.

I gave this picture a rating of 7. The comparison between Clouzot and Hitchcock was not yet a valid one; at this point Hitchcock could mop the floor with the neophyte Clouzot.

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