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Inspector Maigret (1958)

Maigret tend un piège (original title)
A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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Yvonne Maurin
Olivier Hussenot ...
Lagrume
Jeanne Boitel ...
Lucienne Bogaert ...
Mme Veuve Adèle Maurin
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Camille Guimard - le directeur de la Police Judiciaire (as Jean Debucourt) (as sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Guy Decomble ...
Mazet
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Mauricette Barberot
Jacques Hilling ...
Le médecin légiste
Hubert de Lapparent ...
Jean-Louis Le Goff ...
Goudier (as Jean-Louis Le Goff) (as de la Comédie Française)
Pierre-Louis ...
Rougin - un journaliste (as Pierre Louis)
Gérard Séty ...
Georges "Jojo" Vacher (as Gérard Sety)
Jean Tissier ...
Le journaliste de Paris-Presse
André Valmy ...
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For some time now, women coming home at night have been savagely murdered by a mysterious serial killer. Inspector Lagrume thinks he has found the culprit in the person of Barberot, a local butcher. But Maigret, who takes over the investigation, is not convinced. Deep inside himself, he knows the murderer is still at large. But how to trap him ? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Crime | Drama

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29 January 1958 (France)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 19714 delivered on 23-1-1958. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Jules Maigret: Wow, there IS grey matter working under these rollers.
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Connections

Remade as Maigret: The Trap (1962) See more »

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Ca ne sert à rien
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Paule Desjardins
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Maigret fume une pipe
11 November 2012 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Watching this movie you understand why young French filmmakers of that time were desperate to develop a new movie language. It's a prime example of what they derisively called "Cinema du Papa", as in stuffy and dated. Indeed this movie might as well have been made in 1938 instead of 1958. It's set-bound, slow-moving and talky, with stock characters and predictable plot twists. The atmosphere it evokes is hardly that of a bustling metropolis, more a provincial backwater with outdated attitudes towards women and artists. It seems to aim at an audience who weren't at all interested in jazz or existentialism, and who still saw Picasso as a third-rate con artist. Women should take care of their husbands, like Mrs. Maigret, ready to supply him with his pipe and slippers and serve his soup. And real men should choose manly professions, like butcher, or they can turn out pathetic mummy's boys. Or worse.....Less critical viewers may enjoy this as a pleasant policier from a bygone age with a competent performance by the legendary Jean Gabin. Me for one am glad the New Wave of French filmmakers was already waiting in the wings to clear out the cobwebs.


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