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Fantômas: The Dead Man Who Killed (1913)

Le mort qui tue (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | March 1914 (USA)
After a body disappears from inside the prison, a series of crimes take place, all seemingly by the dead man. With Juve presumed dead, Fandor must investigate alone. Will Fantomas finally be brought to justice?

Director:

Louis Feuillade

Writers:

Marcel Allain (novel), Louis Feuillade | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
René Navarre ... Fantômas / le banquier Nanteuil
Edmund Breon ... Inspector Juve (as Edmond Bréon)
Georges Melchior Georges Melchior ... Jérôme Fandor
André Luguet ... Jacques Dollon
Luitz-Morat Luitz-Morat ... Thomery
Naudier Naudier ... Le gardien Nibet
Armand Dutertre Armand Dutertre ... Le chef du service anthropométrique
Renée Carl Renée Carl ... Lady Beltham
Fabienne Fabrèges ... Elisabeth Dollon
Jane Faber Jane Faber ... La princesse Sonia Danidoff
Marie Dorly Marie Dorly ... Madame Bourrat
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After a body disappears from inside the prison, a series of crimes take place, all seemingly by the dead man. With Juve presumed dead, Fandor must investigate alone. Will Fantomas finally be brought to justice?

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

March 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This is it!
28 December 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

By far the best episode in Feuillade's extravaganza.It features a very strong screenplay which does not fall apart in the first reel.The longest (at a running time of about 90 min) episode,it delivers the goods.All the characters are present :besides the usual suspects (Fandor,Fantomas,Juve),the movie features Lady Beltham,Sonia Danidoff,the false warden and the dregs of society with a lot of shady characters who seem to come from Eugène Sue's "Les Mysteres de Paris" . The story is extremely well told and I really think that if one of the five segments can grab today's audience ,it is this one.It's so absorbing and so fascinating it can be watched independently of the others.

A young painter is falsely accused of murder.He is killed in his cell,but his corpse disappears and when a crime or a theft is committed,the Police find his fingerprints in the place.(Hence the title: the killing corpse)

It will not surprise anyone,Souvestre/Allain's novel was their best too,even superior to their first effort the first part of which was not transferred to the screen,which was really a pity.It did include a love affair between Fandor and Elisabeth Dollon :they had even planned to get married but finally the girl discovered Fandor's secret ( his real name was Charles Rambert and in the past...) and their break up was inevitable. In the movie Fandor is only an attentive escort and there's not a single kiss ,even on the cheek.

Juve goes underground and is absent for most of the movie.In the two last episodes his appearances would be even shorter.


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