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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne Maurin
Olivier Hussenot ...
Jeanne Boitel ...
Lucienne Bogaert ...
Mme Veuve Adèle Maurin
Camille Guimard - le directeur de la Police Judiciaire (as Jean Debucourt) (as sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Guy Decomble ...
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 ...


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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Release Date:

29 January 1958 (France)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ça ne Sert à Rien
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Paule Desjardins
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Sweaty August nights in Paris
18 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This year was devoted to deepening my appreciation of Simenon's works; this is the best film version of his novels. From the first scene, with a nervous Insp. Lagrume trying to keep abreast of a violent confrontation in the Place des Vosges--the fourth killing by a sadistic serial killer--to the ending with Lagrume again trying to curry favour with an exasperated Maigret, this film held me spellbound. The acting is superb: Gabin has his best role since the glory days with Renoir in the 30's, Desailly is extraordinary as the wretched Maurin, pulled by mother and wife both and hating it, Annie Girardot is wonderfully sensual and determined as the young wife, and Lucienne Bogaert plays the mother from Hell with the greatest skill. The hatred the two women have for each other is palpable. All the supporting players turn in fine work, especially Gerard Sety as Jojo the gigolo who manages to stir the emotions of Yvonne Maurin, for a while at least.

It seems there is no general Region 1 release for this film; that's a real shame. I found a cheap knockoff without special features in a cutout bin in Montreal. Please let's have a proper reissue.

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