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La melodía misteriosa (1956)

Film inspired by the radio contest of the same title.




Credited cast:
Luce Arnel
Ricardo Fusté
Salvador Garrido
Raymond Gast ...
Le commissaire Luna
Ricardo Martín
Mick Micheyl ...
Lydia Martha
Ángel Moreno
Carlos Otero ...
José Palomo
Howard Vernon ...
L'inspecteur de police Revel


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 Guy Bellinger

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24 October 1956 (France)  »

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Ce soir les souris dansent  »

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Stradivarius crime
17 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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