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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 »

Director:

Georges Lacombe

Writers:

Pierre-René Wolf (novel) (as Pierre René Wolf), Pierre Véry (adaptation) (as Pierre Very) | 2 more credits »
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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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French censorship visa #4.121. See more »

Quotes

Bonnemain - le bistrot: Business! Business! The Ferrand woman's in business too. He should ask her for money. She's the one who got a house for nothing.
Card player #1: You don't have the tits!
Card player #2: She knows what she's doing, being a bird dealer. She can pluck a pigeon!
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Referenced in Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001) See more »

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Marlene and Jean
25 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The one and only teaming of Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich is this post World War II melodrama where Gabin plays the title role of Martin Roumagnac. Gabin is in the building trades and is a working class stiff. After the war guys like him were much in demand and he's on the way to a good living.

That is until he meets Dietrich who is playing one of her patented notorious women. He falls for her like a wheelbarrow full of his own bricks and goes way into cost overruns making her one grand villa. But she's marking time with him, he's a bit of amusement, Marlene's after the rich Marcel Herand whose shrew of a wife is lingering a bit too long on death's door to suit Dietrich and Herrand.

Gabin and Dietrich were quite an item over here during his exile period in America before he joined the Free French. Had Martin Roumagnac been better received Dietrich might well have set up permanent residence in France. No need to dub her, Dietrich's French was as fluent as her English. As it was eventually she did make Paris her home.

Some good performances to note are Jean d'Yd as Dietrich's uncle and Margo Lion as Gabin's sister. Blood relatives no nicknames involved for both. Also that of Daniel Gelin as a young student crushing out over her big time.

There's a lot of similarities with Martin Roumagnac and The Letter with the roles reversed. If you've seen either the Jeanne Eagels or Bette Davis versions than you know what happens in Martin Roumagnac.

The film came out in 1946 and didn't make it to our shores until 1948 because of the omnipresent Code. I think more than fans of the stars will appreciate it today.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

18 December 1946 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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