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The House Across the Street (1937)

La maison d'en face (original title)
A man of integrity, Monsieur Pic is the accountant beyond reproach of the Banque Universelle. He would not dream of doing anything wrong and everybody knows it. He is therefore justly ... See full summary »


(as Christian Jaque)


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Credited cast:
Elvire Popesco ...
André Lefaur ...
Monsieur Pic
Pierre Stéphen ...
Pauline Carton ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrée Champeaux
Christiane Delyne ...
Gaby Duc
Paul Demange
Paul Faivre ...
Pierre Finaly
Louis Florencie ...
Le contrôleur des contributions
Gustave Gallet
Edith Gallia
Anthony Gildès ...
Pierre Juvenet


A man of integrity, Monsieur Pic is the accountant beyond reproach of the Banque Universelle. He would not dream of doing anything wrong and everybody knows it. He is therefore justly indignant when a wealthy woman offers him the position of administrator in the whorehouse she is opening soon. But only fools never change their minds and if Monsieur Pic finally accepts the position in the house across the Banque Universelle, he has three good reasons for that: first he does not get the promotion he deserved ; second, his son Albert is hired by Madame Anna as a decorator ; third, Hortense, his daughter has expressed the wish to "work" there too. The good point is that, once in the place, Pic will be rewarded for what he is worth. Even more important, the unfortunate father will be able there to keep a close eye on his two wayward children and protect them from temptation... Written by Guy Bellinger

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29 January 1937 (France)  »

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The House Across the Street  »

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Last film appearance of André Berley, who died two months before the film was released. See more »

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The house across the street
6 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Monsieur Pic is a well -meaning well -respected man .He is a paragon of virtue ,he's the epitome of the good citizen .He goes as far as to denounce people who "forget" to declare their income to the Internal Revenue Service .He would never ,never ,take a job thanks to a bit of string-pulling .All the people around are his exact opposites :they seem to take advantage of a wealthy woman 's(Elvire Popesco)little help ,a distinguished madam who calls the shots all over the town.

The lady in question has bought the house across the street and Mr Pic soon learns it will be "a place where men meet women".And the plot thickens when Mr Pic's son is hired as a decorator by Madam.To make the matters worse,his daughter would like to "work" in the aforementioned luxury brothel,she naively thinks she 's going to meet important people to help her make her way of life.

To protect his offspring ,Mr Pic becomes the accountant of the house(under a pseudo :Monsieur Anatole) ; thanks to him ,business is flourishing and Madam praises her clerk to the skies.There's a lot of money to be made in the "Montespan " "Cleopatra" "Borgia" "Messaline" "Du Barry" and "La Vallière "(sic) boudoirs .Elvire Popesco has this wonderful line,still relevant today : "if they did not put dirty money in the banks,they would go bankrupt!" It's not always very funny ,but there are hilarious moments and the exhilarating immorality which reigns predates some of Christian-Jaque later works such as "Un Revenant" or "Le Repas Des Fauves"

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