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The Room Upstairs (1946)

Martin Roumagnac (original title)
The local building-contractor Martin Roumagnac is fascinated by the fashionable Blanche Ferrand. To impress Blache, Martin presents her with a villa. However, this ruins him financially. ... See full summary »


Georges Lacombe


Pierre-René Wolf (novel) (as Pierre René Wolf), Pierre Véry (adaptation) (as Pierre Very) | 2 more credits »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Blanche Ferrand - une grainetière intrigante
Jean Gabin ... Martin Roumagnac - un petit entrepreneur de maçonnerie
Jean d'Yd Jean d'Yd ... L'oncle de Blanche (as Jean D'Yd)
Daniel Gélin ... Le surveillant du collège - épris de Blanche (as Daniel Gelin)
Jean Darcante Jean Darcante ... L'avocat de la défense
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Paulot - le chef de chantier et ami de Martin (as Perez)
Camille Guérini Camille Guérini ... Gardin - le facteur (as Camille Guerini)
Henri Poupon Henri Poupon ... Gargame - un notable de Clairval
Lucien Nat Lucien Nat ... Rimbaut - l'adjoint au maire, ancien amant de Blanche
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Le président du tribunal
Marcelle Hainia Marcelle Hainia ... Madame Percheron, la pompiste
Jean Heuzé Jean Heuzé ... Le procureur
Charles Lemontier Charles Lemontier ... Bonnemain - le bistrot
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... Un citoyen de Clairval (as Bever)
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... L'acheteur de l'appartement de Blanche
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The local building-contractor Martin Roumagnac is fascinated by the fashionable Blanche Ferrand. To impress Blache, Martin presents her with a villa. However, this ruins him financially. Despite Martin's many efforts for the now femme-fatal Blanche, she is not able to chose between him and the rich consul De Laubry. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


The 100 French francs for the two birds would have equaled $0.84 at the time and $11.60 in 2018. See more »


Martin Roumagnac - un petit entrepreneur de maçonnerie: You're more than a sister to me...
Jeanne Roumagnac - la soeur de Martin: More of a priest's housekeeper. Even so, you're my purgatory on earth.
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Referenced in Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001) See more »

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Star Vehicle for Dietrich and Gabin
25 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Here's a movie that was clearly produced on star power: Marlene Dietrich! Jean Gabin! She's a beautiful woman in small town, a "merry widow" with several beaux to her string, waiting for the rich, ugly wife of one of them to die so he'll marry her. She runs into Gabin, who's a construction contractor, and of course they fall in together, much to the audience's lack of surprise, and with many a shot of Marlene's legs. However, as her past and their present are revealed, there is anger and snarling and things go downhill, with lots of Gabin snarling and Dietrich to-hell-with-it shouting.

The director Georges Lacombe may be remembered as a director of early Clouzot scripts, but he started off as one of the Surrealists in Paris in the 1920s. By the end of the 1930s he was a thoroughly commercial director whose big-screen career petered out in the late 1950s, but who continued to direct made-for-TV movies into the 1970s. This move has a 1930s air to it; one would think the War had never happened.

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French | English

Release Date:

18 December 1946 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Room Upstairs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcina See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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