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The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)

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In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Hutton ...
Bill Kirby
Edna Wallace
Patricia Roc ...
Helen Kirby
Belita ...
Gisella Heurtin
George Thorpe ...
William Phipps ...
William Cottrell ...
Chaz Chase ...
Professor Grollet


In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower. Written by Herman Seifer <>

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Release Date:

12 December 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man on the Eiffel Tower  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to her book "My Life in France," Julia Child and her husband Paul met Burgess Meredith and Franchot Tone at the restaurant Les Deux Magots where the latter two were filming this movie. It would be another 12 years before Julia would begin her rise to fame. See more »


When Maigret is reading the 'Letter to the Editor' about the escape, the position of his hands on the newspaper change between shots. See more »


Inspector Jules Maigret: [to Johann Radek] By the way - there's one thing I'd like to know. Am I following you, or are you following me?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the "City of Paris" is given fifth billing as a star of the film. See more »


Remake of La tête d'un homme (1933) See more »

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While perhaps not all that good, The Man on the Eiffel Tower is nonetheless entertaining and not nearly as bad as some have offered. Yes, the direction is less than inspiring throughout much of the picture. Burgess Meredith doesn't really seem to get a grasp on creating tension but more importantly some kind of depth for his characters. Charles Laughton, the rotund actor who I personally have never seen give a bad performance, plays the legendary Inspector Maigret from the Georges Simenon novels. I have not read them and therefore an ill-equipped to make any comparisons. I do think Laughton gave the best performance in the film even though, yes, you might say if was a bit off-kilter and subdued even for him. Meredith plays his typical milquetoast individual with workmanlike skill, and Franchot Tone gives at sometimes a very creepy, erratic, unnerving performance as the titular man of the film. The city shots of Paris, though my copy had a somewhat grainy color quality, were impressive and the denouement at the Eiffel Tower easily was the film's most noteworthy attribute. This film was just engaging enough to interest me and it is populated with an above-average cast.

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