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Panic (1946)

Panique (original title)
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After an elderly maid is murdered, opinions are manipulated evidence is planted, violence erupts, and panic ensues.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viviane Romance ...
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Max Dalban ...
Capoulade
Émile Drain ...
Monsieur Breteuil dit le petit caporal
Guy Favières ...
Monsieur Sauvage
Louis Florencie ...
L'inspecteur Marcelin (as Florencie)
Charles Dorat ...
L'nspecteur Michelet
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Monsieur Fortin
Marcel Pérès ...
Cermanutti
Lita Recio ...
Marcelle
Michel Ardan ...
Fernand
Michèle Auvray ...
Madame Branchu
Lucien Carol ...
L'inspecteur Benoit
Olivier Darrieux ...
Étienne
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Mouchette (as Josiane Dorée)
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Storyline

In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and meets up with her lover Alfred again. They act as they do not know each other, for Alice went to jail to spare Alfred. But Mr Hire falls in love with Alice, and he knows Alfred is the murderer... Written by Yepok

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26 November 1947 (USA)  »

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Panic  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,062 (USA) (22 January 2017)

Gross:

$40,061 (USA) (12 May 2017)
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(RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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In 1943, Georges Simenon sold the manuscript of his novel at an auction, and gave the profits to the prisoners of WWII. See more »

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Featured in Voyage à travers le cinéma français (2016) See more »

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Good Suspense
31 May 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

With an interesting story and some good suspense, this mystery/thriller works pretty well despite a lack of any particularly appealing characters. At the beginning, it sets up a complicated situation, and builds at a good pace to lead up to a tense finale. It has quite a low-budget look to it, but with a story of this kind, sometimes that actually fits in rather well.

There is a lot going on right from the beginning. In a neighborhood where a murder has just been committed, there is a young woman coming home from prison, seeking out the lover for whom she took the blame. There is also an unpopular and eccentric resident whom no one can figure out. These and other characters soon get involved in a lengthy cat-and-mouse game that keeps things interesting the rest of the way. It would be even more compelling if at least some of the characters were a little easier to sympathize with, but the story itself is enough to hold your attention. One slight drawback - not a fault of the original film-makers - is that the titles (at least on the English version that seems to be available) are very light and often hard to read, so you miss a few things, unless by chance your French is sharp enough to catch everything.

Overall, it's above average for its genre. If you enjoy film noir or older thrillers, and don't mind a low-budget style, this one should be worth a look.


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