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The Red Inn -- Religious satire about group of travelers, including a monk, who stay in a lonely mountain inn. Their host confesses to the monk his habit of poisoning the guests, to steal their possessions then bury them in the backyard. (English subtitles)


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Release Date:
7 June 1954 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fernandel ... The Monk
Françoise Rosay ... Marie Martin
Marie-Claire Olivia ... Mathilde Martin
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Darwin (as Caussimon)
Nane Germon ... Elisa
Didier d'Yd ... Jeannou
Lud Germain ... Fetiche
Jacques Charon ... Rodolphe
Andrée Viala ... La Marquise Caroline (as A. Viala)
Robert Berri ... Le Cocher
André Cheff ... Un gendarme
André Dalibert ... Woodcutter
Grégoire Aslan ... Barboeuf
Julien Carette ... Pierre Martin (as Carette)

Yves Montand ... Singing Commentator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Gary ... Un gendarme (uncredited)
René Lefevre-Bel ... Un autre gendarme (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Autant-Lara  (as Claude Autant Lara)
Writing credits
Jean Aurenche (story)

Jean Aurenche (screenplay) &
Pierre Bost (screenplay) &
Claude Autant-Lara (screenplay) (as Claude Autant Lara)

Produced by
Simon Schiffrin .... producer
Original Music by
René Cloërec 
Cinematography by
André Bac 
Jacques Natteau 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug 
Production Design by
Max Douy 
Set Decoration by
Max Douy 
Costume Design by
Jean André 
Jacques Cottin 
Makeup Department
Alex Archambault .... hair stylist
Jules Chanteau .... wig maker
Production Management
Simon Schiffrin .... production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ghislaine Autant-Lara .... assistant director (as Ghislaine Auboin)
Art Department
Roger Bollengier .... property master
Sound Department
Jacques Lebreton .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Nicolas Wilcké .... special effects (as Nicolas Wilke)
Editorial Department
Charlotte Fournier .... assistant editor
Other crew
Denise Gaillard .... script girl

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'auberge rouge" - France (original title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
There should be a yearly Award for macabre humor, 16 December 2007
Author: Arca1943 from Montréal, Canada

Of course, there will always be some narrow-minded people to remain highly prejudiced against death - especially their own - while in fact, let's say it, death can be so funny ! Unforgettable comedies such as 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (USA), 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (Britain), 'Divorzio all'italiana' (Italy), 'El Verdugo' (Spain) and of course 'L'Auberge rouge' (France) all should have been granted, in their time, some kind of prestigious Dark Humour or Macabre Humour prize. (Maybe we could call it the Golden Guillotine Award ?) Adapted from a true crime story that took place in 1833 - the Auberge de Peyrebeille affair - this witty gem was remarkably well cooked by screenwriters Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost and director Claude Autant-Lara, decidedly at the top of their game with this black comedy featuring some inimitable acting à la française : Fernandel, hilarious as always, Julien Carette as truculent as a peasant serial killer can be, and above all the great (and diabolical !) Françoise Rozay, accompanied by a bunch of crunchy second-roles specialists, PLUS the very cool song "La Ballade de l'Auberge rouge" sung by Yves Montand himself! 'L'Auberge rouge' is a great French classic, providing amusement, remarkable atmosphere and even joie de vivre - for those who survive !

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