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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 »


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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


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 | English

Release Date:

18 December 1946 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Room Upstairs See more »

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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French censorship visa #4.121. See more »


Martin Roumagnac - un petit entrepreneur de maçonnerie: What are you thinking about?
Blanche Ferrand - une grainetière intrigante: Nothing, just the things that happen for people in hotel bedrooms.
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Referenced in Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song (2001) See more »

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Men flutter to me as mops around a flame....
8 October 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

..and if their wings burn ,I am not to blame. During the final trial,the lawyer quotes this famous song "falling in love again" ,a nod to the movie which made Marlene Dietrich a star ,"das Blaue Engel".

Four men flutter to her in "Martin Roumagnac":the hero (see the title )(Jean Gabin) ,a consul (Marcel Herrand) ,a man married to a shrew (Noël Roquevert) and a supervisor (Daniel Gelin,whose part is reduced to that of a deus ex machina).Actually the movie has a pre-war flavor.This nice fellow (here, a bricklayer),Jean Gabin played it a lot of times before (see Gremillon's "gueule d'amour" ,Carné's masterpiece "le jour se lève" )The sociological side -working class hero versus society man- is only skimmed over and Marlene Dietrich is miscast:how can we believe her part of a seeds woman?But there 's some humor and it mainly concerns the supporting cast:the postman is colorful and the scene when he gives evidence is great fun;Dietrich's uncle provides an excellent contrast with his niece.

SPOILER Georges Lacombe made two good films noirs :" le Dernier des Six" (1941) which owed a lot to Henri Georges Clouzot's adaptation of a Steeman novel and "la lumière d'en face"(1955) which enhanced Brigitte Bardot's sex appeal.His flair for film noir only shows up in the last scene of "Martin Roumagnac" ,the only one which is really potent:Martin has just been shot and his sister -who did not see the scene- says "your pals say you goodbye Martin" while a news paper falls on the ground :it announces "Roumagnac released" .Indeed.END OF SPOILER

Marlene Dietrich and Jean Gabin -who lived together at the time- were to be the stars of Marcel Carné's "les Portes de la Nuit" but finally they gave up -they were replaced by Yves Montand and Natalie Nattier ,which did no good to Carné's work,since his new actors were totally inexperienced- and made "Martin Roumagnac.They never teamed again afterward.

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