The prequel, Komisario Palmun erehdys (1960), was a huge success, but its producer T.J. Särkkä forgot to reserve the filming rights of Mika Waltari's other Palmu-novel "Kuka murhasi rouva Skrofin". Mauno Mäkelä bought the rights and Kaasua, komisario Palmu (1961) was filmed under Fennada-Filmi. See more »
"Kaasua, komisario Palmu!" is based on Mika Waltari´s novel "Kuka murhasi rouva Skrofin". Palmu-movies are Finnish classics filled with great actors. The movie is a typical murder mystery case. In the beginning of the movie rich old lady is found dead in her apartment. What first looks like an accidential death (gas leaking from the stove) turns out to be a murder. There are of course several suspects, all with good motives to kill the old lady.
For me Joel Rinne as Palmu is a great actor and his character has something in common with Peter Falk´s Columbo. Palmu has a sharp mind but also a sharp tongue. He is sarcastic and his colleagues sometimes feel this. Palmu´s motto is "the murderer always makes one mistake". Brilliant acting from Rinne.
By far the best actor in Palmu-movies is detective Kokki played by Leo Jokela. Jokela was a great Finnish actor who played in many Finnish movies such as "Ala nuolase". He almost literally steals every scene in which he is. Sad thing that Finnish movie scene does not have such actors anymore.
All in all, "Kaasua, komisario Palmu!" is the best Palmu-movie and everyone who has the chance to watch it, should do so. I give 9/10.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?