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The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (1942)

L'assassin habite... au 21 (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 16 August 1947 (USA)
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Inspector Wens moves into a Paris boarding house to catch a serial killer.

Director:

Henri-Georges Clouzot (as H. G. Clouzot)

Writers:

Stanislas-André Steeman (novel) (as Mr. S.A. Steemann), Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation) (as H.G. Clouzot) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Fresnay ... L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens
Suzy Delair ... Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Triquet, aka professeur Lalah-Poor
Pierre Larquey ... Monsieur Colin
Noël Roquevert ... Docteur Théodore Linz
René Génin René Génin ... Alfred, l'ivrogne
Jean Despeaux Jean Despeaux ... Kid Robert
Marc Natol Marc Natol ... Armand, le valet de chambre (as Natol)
Huguette Vivier Huguette Vivier ... Mademoiselle Vania
Odette Talazac Odette Talazac ... Madame Point
Maximilienne Maximilienne ... Mademoiselle Cuq
Sylvette Saugé Sylvette Saugé ... Christiane Perret, la poule
Louis Florencie Louis Florencie ... Commissaire Monnet
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... L'agent Pussot (as Gabriello)
Raymond Bussières ... Jean-Baptiste Turlot (as Bussières)
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Storyline

Dapper Inspector Vorobechik ('Wens' for short) is assigned the case of a serial killer who leaves a calling card on his victims; Monsieur Durand. Wens' mistress, struggling actress Mila Malou, determines to get publicity for herself by helping him. Learning that Durand is one of the eccentric tenants of a boarding house at No. 21 Avenue Junot, Wens takes a room in the guise of a Protestant minister; only to be followed by Mila who hardly seems like a minister's wife! Suspects are arrested, but while each is in jail, there's another murder... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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PIERRE FRESNAY as the French Dick who knew all the answers in a Merry Murder Mystery


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murderer Lives at #21 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Continental Films,Liote See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System Wide Range)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is a poster for this movie displayed in the theatre in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, before Wren's boss goes into his office looking for him, a clear shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind him in the hallway. See more »

Quotes

Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: [From the English subtitles of the French dialogue] I'll pop your blackheads to cheer you up.
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: Leave me alone.
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: Just one.
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: Leave me alone!
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: You're covered in them.
[She begins squeezing various places on his face]
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: They'll get big and leave pocks...
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: ...That hurts!
Mila Malou - la maîtresse tapageuse de Wens: Hold still. It's like vermicelli.
L'inspecteur Wenceslas Wens: You're disgusting.
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Referenced in L'enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot (2009) See more »

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It is with absolute ease that Monsieur Clouzot makes a thriller with elements of comedy.
4 July 2015 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

By and large, individual genres do not mix well in cinema. For this reason, most filmmakers tend to make films belonging to a particular genre. However, there have been exceptions to this role. One can cite the films by Alfred Hitchcock where comedy has been mixed with suspense and thriller. French film 'The Murderer Lives at Number 21' also belongs to this category of films where one can find an absolutely perfect harmony of comedy with suspense. In this film, Clouzot has used all tricks up his sleeve to entertain his audiences up to the hilt. There is enormous interest to be taken in all scenes as Clouzot's characters speak a lot about France and its people. French culture especially mannerisms of ordinary French people have been vividly described. A simple visit to the guest house would suffice to know how it is difficult for the police to arrest a killer who has put the entire city in trouble because of his foolishness. As a family film, 'L'Assassin habite au 21' does enormous justice to the topic portrayed in the film. However, those viewers who have placed bets on the ending would be disappointed.


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