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Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

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

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Pierre Larquey ...
Emile Lafour, un chauffeur de taxi
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
Claudine Dupuis ...
Manon
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)
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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 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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$152,961 (USA) (1 August 2003)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Avec son tralala
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
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Clouzot strikes again and hits his mark
2 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Quai des Orfevres" (1947) stars Suzy Delair, Bernard Blier, Louis Jouvet, and Charles Dullin. The story takes place in post-war Paris, where an accompanist, Maurice Martineau (Blier) lives with his singer wife, Marguerite, better known as Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair). An important man, Georges Brignon (Dullin) promises Jenny work, and because she's ambitious, she flirts with him. Maurice is an extremely jealous man, so he finds Brignon in a restaurant and threatens him.

Later on, Jenny tells Maurice she is visiting her grandmother, who lives in another town. This gives Maurice a good opportunity to bump off Brignon, especially when he finds the man's address on a piece of paper in the kitchen and realizes Jenny was lying. But when he gets to Brignon's house, Brignon is already dead.

Inspector Antoine (Juvet) is assigned to the case, and it doesn't take him long to realize that some alibis aren't very secure.

Wonderful film, with the excellent Juvet outstanding as Inspector Antoine, and an excellent performance by Simone Renant as a lesbian photographer, Dora, in love with Jenny. Delair, who was involved with Clouzot, is good as a lower-class woman who loves her husband but wants to get ahead in show business as well.

This is Clouzot at his best, with a witty script with some plot twists and a true Parisian atmosphere.


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