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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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 »

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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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Avec son tralala
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
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An Efficient Detective in a Comedy of Errors
27 January 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the postwar Paris, the accompanist pianist Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier) is a jealous man from the upper class married with the ambitious singer Marguerite Chauffournier Martineau, most known by her artistic name Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair), a woman with past from the lower classes. When the lecher but powerful Georges Brignon (Charles Dullin) harasses and invites Jenny for dinner promising a role in a film, Maurice goes to the restaurant and threatens Brignon. A couple of days later, Jenny tells Maurice that she is going to visit her grandmother in another town. However, her husband finds a piece of paper hidden in the kitchen with Brignon's address. Maurice goes to the theater to have an alibi and heads to Brignon's manor during the show with the intention of killing the old man. However, he finds Brignon's house open and the man dead on the floor. When he leaves the crime scene, his car is stolen and Maurice has to walk back to the theater. Meanwhile, Jenny arrives in the house of the lesbian photographer Dora Monier (Simone Renant), who is an old friend of Maurice and has a crush on Jenny, and tells Dora that she has just killed Brignon. But Jenny notes that she had forgotten her fur on the couch in the living room of Brignon's house and Dora takes a cab to retrieve the stole. Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet) is assigned to investigate the case and sooner he visits Jenny, Maurice and Dora to check their alibis for that night in the beginning of his investigation.

"Quai des Orfèvres" is an amusing story of an efficient detective investigating a murder in a comedy of errors of the three lead suspects. Henri-Georges Clouzot is one of the best French directors ever and "Quais des Orfèvres" is another gem in his filmography. The witty screenplay has many twists and is supported by the magnificent cinematography in black-and-white and awesome performances. Bernard Blier, the father of Bertrand Blier, is perfect in the role of a jealous cuckold without confidence in his wife and self-respect. Suzy Delair performs an ambitious woman that has a past with lovers and wants to climb positions in the show-business, but loves her husband. Simone Renant is great in the role of a lesbian photographer. But who steals the film is Louis Jouvet, in the role of a detective that seems to be naive, but is capable to find the truth that each character intends to hide. My understanding is that Antoine might be gay since he does not like women. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Crime em Paris" ("Crime in Paris")


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