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56, rue Pigalle (1949)

 |  Drama  |  18 March 1949 (France)
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Lucien Bonnet, Jean Vigneron's manservant, blackmails his boss, who is having an affair with Inès de Montalban, married to Ricardo. Vigneron pays the sum but Lucien is killed by an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Dumesnil ...
Marie Déa ...
Aimé Clariond ...
Raymond Cordy ...
Le chauffeur de taxi
Janine Miller ...
Nadia, la chanteuse
René Blancard ...
Lucien Bonnet
Jean Geoffroy ...
Baruch (as Jean Jeoffroy)
Marco Villa ...
Fred Poulain
Jacqueline Johel
Roger Monteaux ...
(as Roger Montaux)
Denyse Roux ...
Janis (as Denise Roux)
Félix Clément
Lucien Callamand
Henri Belfor


Lucien Bonnet, Jean Vigneron's manservant, blackmails his boss, who is having an affair with Inès de Montalban, married to Ricardo. Vigneron pays the sum but Lucien is killed by an accomplice, Baruch. Everything seems to accuse Jean who, for fear of compromising Inès, prefers to keep mum. Fortunately, his innocence will be proved thanks to a surprise witness. The two lovers flee to Congo while the husband soon forgets them, finding comfort in debauchery. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Music by Georges Ulmer
Lyrics by Géo Koger
Performed by Marie-José
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Africa is not for lovers.
20 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

That such an obscure movie may already have two reviews by non French users is downright surprising;Willy Rozier is completely forgotten in his native country,and he does not even have a small cult following.

Like in the stupefying "le Bagnard" ,its follow up,"56 Rue Pigalle" praises act keeping in with moral standards.

Beginning as a routine love triangle,with a cuckold so generous he almost becomes stupid ,the movie turns thriller before almost verging on supernatural.

"You got away with the human justice!you won't get away with mine" the cheated husband curses the lovers as they leave the court.

The lovers fly to Africa where they become seriously ill;is the husband's revenge from France?Is it a divine intervention? Something like voodoo? One thing for sure,Willy Rozier believes that man can redeem his soul: in "Le Bagnard",doctor Geronimo (sic) is sent to a penal colony (which we never see by the way)and must help his fellow men who suffer from yellow fever before being a true man again;in "56 Rue Pigalle",the two lovers are suffering and are almost dying;and maybe these sufferings will be their salvation.

Acting is unexciting ,including Marie Dea (this actress' best movies are "LES Visiteurs Du Soir" " Orphée" and the overlooked "Pièges" remade as "lured" )

Like this? try these.....

"Le Secret De Soeur Angèle" Leo Joannon "Le Révolté " Leon Mathot

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