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Dernier atout (1942)

A man is shot In the hotel of an imaginary South American country. Clarence and Montès, two inspector students, must solve this murder, but they don't know that dead guy is the USA public enemy No.1.

Director:

Jacques Becker

Writers:

Maurice Aubergé (scenario), Louis Chavance (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mireille Balin ... Bella Morgan
Raymond Rouleau ... Clarence
Pierre Renoir ... Rudy Score
Noël Roquevert ... L'inspecteur Gonzalès
Catherine Cayret Catherine Cayret ... Pearls
Gaston Modot ... Toni Amanito
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Un aspirant
Jean Didier Jean Didier ... Le chef des aspirants (as Didier)
Eddy Debray Eddy Debray ... Le bijoutier (as Debray)
Pierre Perret Pierre Perret ... (as Perret)
Christian Argentin Christian Argentin ... Le gérant de l'hôtel (as Argentin)
René Stern René Stern ... Roberto (as René-Stern)
Henry Darbray Henry Darbray ... Un inspecteur (as Darbray)
Maxime Fabert Maxime Fabert ... Le bijoutier soupçonneux
François Joux François Joux ... Le chauffeur
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A man is shot In the hotel of an imaginary South American country. Clarence and Montès, two inspector students, must solve this murder, but they don't know that dead guy is the USA public enemy No.1.

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Crime

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 September 1942 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Trumpf See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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French visa # 149 delivered on 2-9-1942. See more »

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Easy-Going Vichy Era Potboiler
4 March 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it was shown on BBC2 in 1989, but had absolutely no memory of it, so watched it again today. It's a good-looking, agreeable potboiler, set in a fictitious Latin American country in order to avoid controversy (obviously gangsters couldn't operate at large in law-abiding Vichyite France the way they openly do here).

Closer to a comedy thriller than a straight crime film, and brightly lit for adventure rather than drama by cameraman Nicolas Hayer, 'Dernier Atout' stars Raymond Rouleau as a jaunty crack-shot detective who takes the place of American gangster Gaston Modot in a gang led by dastardly Pierre Renoir. Although sloe-eyed, immaculately coiffed pre-war temptress Mireille Balin slinks through the narrative, her rather puzzling absence from the film's concluding scene is symptomatic of the film's rather casual attitude towards its characters.


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