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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Marie Déa ...
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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 ...
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Denyse Roux ...
Janis (as Denise Roux)
Félix Clément
Lucien Callamand
Bonsch
Henri Belfor
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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 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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Noir Melodrama
21 January 2006 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Probably the only film to ever provoke a duel (between director Willy Rozier and critic Francois Chalais), 56 Rue Pigalle is an odd movie that attempts to fuse elements of film noir to the kind of romantic melodrama churned out by the Hollywood studio in the early 40s.

The plot provides a fair number of twists that, with hindsight, are all fairly predictable, and tends to outstay its welcome after a murder trial which includes that old chestnut - a surprise witness who holds the key to the entire case. Jacques Dumesnil makes a somewhat smarmy 'hero', while Marie Dea looks radiant and Aime Clariond outshines everyone as a wealthy cuckolded husband.

No great film, 56 rue Pigalle nevertheless probably doesn't deserve the obscurity into which it has fallen and is worth checking out if you get the chance. The UK DVD even includes footage of that duel between Rozier and Chalais...


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