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Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

 |  Crime, Drama, Music  |  5 March 1948 (USA)
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Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Larquey ...
Emile Lafour, un chauffeur de taxi
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
Claudine Dupuis ...
Charles Dullin ...
Georges Brignon
Henri Arius ...
Léopardi, l' éditeur de musique (as Arius)
Charles Blavette ...
Le gendarme Poitevin (as Blavette)
René Blancard ...
Le commissaire principal de la P.J. (as R. Blancard)
Robert Dalban ...
Paulo, un truand (as R. Dalban)
Jean Daurand ...
L'inspecteur Picard (as J. Daurand)
Jean Dunot ...
Nitram - un chanteur comique (as J. Dunot)
Jacques Grétillat ...
Auguste (as J. Grétillat)


Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous guy. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in order to get some engagements, he looses his temper and threatens Brignon with death. But Jenny went anyway to a rendez-vous at the old man's, who is murdered the same evening. The criminal investigations are lead by Inspector Antoine... Written by Yepok

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5 March 1948 (USA)  »

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$13,139 (USA) (1 November 2002)


$152,961 (USA) (1 August 2003)

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(Western Electric Variable Density)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clouzot wrote almost two-thirds of the film only having read the novel years before, recalling it from memory, since it was out of print by the time he started the screenplay. When Stanislas-André Steeman saw the film, he was furious about the differences between the novel and the film. See more »


When Antoine is repeating Maurice's deposition to the typist, he says that the confrontation between Maurice and Brignon at the restaurant took place on Wednesday, December 2, 1946. In 1946, December 2 fell on a Monday. See more »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Avec son tralala
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
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Perhaps Clouzot's best film, certainly the lightest
29 October 2002 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A nice, humorous mix of music hall (in the first third mostly) and police procedural mystery as the various suspects' stories start to collapse. The final exposure of the murder may come as a surprise if you don't watch closely. A gritty look at Paris of the time. You can ignore the final scene (the Hollywood ending). Louis Jouvet is best as the police inspector who seems to be just passing through, but is really on top of things.

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