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Their Last Night (1953)

Leur dernière nuit (original title)

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Pierre Fernand Ruffin dit Monsieur Fernand
Madeleine Robinson ...
Madeleine Marsan
Michel Barbey ...
Dédé - un gangster
Gaby Basset ...
La prostituée
Paul Bonifas ...
Le commissaire principal (as Bonifas)
Robert Dalban ...
L'inspecteur Dupré
Suzanne Dantès ...
Mademoiselle Mercier
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...
Antoine Pérez
Arthur Devère ...
Le marinier
Luce Fabiole ...
La directrice du cours Sévigné
Fernand Gilbert ...
Le bistro
Camille Guérini ...
Monsieur Malafosse
Jacqueline Marbaux ...
Madame de Lydia (as Jacqueline Marbot)
Geneviève Morel ...
La bonne de l'hôtel
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Odette Barencey ...
La cuisinière de la pension
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23 October 1953 (France)  »

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The first half of the film is by far the best.
18 August 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The idea for "Their Last Night" is excellent. A man (Jean Gabin) lives a very ordinary, if not dull, life. He's a librarian, lives in a rooming house and is friends to everyone around him. Everyone sees him as a kind man....and yet this is all a front. His real career is that of a gangster! Keeping this secret isn't easy--especially when a nice lady at the rooming house begins showing him some attention.

Later, he and his partners in crime are attempting another robbery and it is foiled by the police. Gabin says nothing to the police and just bides his time. Soon he and another prisoner are able to escape and he goes to the woman for help. Naturally, being a FILM, she helps him instead of rushing to the police. The second half of the film consists of him hiding and the lady, occasionally, surfacing to help him despite his protests.

While Gabin played in quite a few gangster films over the years, this one has to be the most unusual--or at least in the running! This unusual quality breathed a nice bit of life into the film--making it a truly interesting example of French Film Noir--at least in the first half. As for the second, it's a very standard sort of affair--a criminal hiding out from the police but nothing much more. I'd give the first half of the film an 8 and the second a 6--for an overall score of 7. It's very good but not among the better examples of the genre.


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