A violin maker is found murdered in his workshop in Barcelona. The only "witness" is a blind street musician who has heard a melody played in the workshop at the time of the crime. The trouble is he cannot identify the tune. Police chief-inspector Luna and his French colleague Revel first suspect a violin player who has money problems, then Visconti, a music teacher and finally Florencio, a violin maker in love with Luce, a young dancer. At bay, Florencio confesses his crime to his young mistress and both get away to the French border. But the policemen have an original idea: they decide to use the radio contest "Melodia misteriosa" to have the listeners identify the mysterious song... Written by
Spanish /French co production which takes place in the two countries ,using actors from the two countries:Dany Carrel,Howard Vernon ,and singer Mick Micheyl were the French crew.The Spanish title was based on a radio contest -featured in the movie- but the FRench (probably because there was not such a radio show in their country) felt compelled to give the movie a ludicrous name,completely irrelevant "Ce Soir Les Souris Dansent" (=tonight the mice will play) .One should note that in France "Souris"(mouse)is slang for "woman" .
With such a title ,one might think this movie deals with stuff like cigarettes n' whiskey and wild women.But it does not.It's a fairly good murder mystery ,which could have been made in the thirties .Best scene is the flashback showing the murder with a good use of shadow and light and the instrument maker's almost crazy face .The final clue is not that bad and even original but the movie is marred by a pointless chase the purpose of which is to get rid of the villain.Entertaining though.
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