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Panique (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama | 26 November 1947 (USA)
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After an elderly maid is murdered, opinions are manipulated, evidence is planted, violence erupts, and panic ensues.

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Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Charles Spaak (screenplay and dialogue), Julien Duvivier (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Viviane Romance ... Alice
Michel Simon ... Monsieur Hire
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Capoulade
Émile Drain Émile Drain ... Monsieur Breteuil dit le petit caporal
Guy Favières Guy Favières ... Monsieur Sauvage
Louis Florencie Louis Florencie ... L'inspecteur Marcelin (as Florencie)
Charles Dorat Charles Dorat ... L'nspecteur Michelet
Lucas Gridoux ... Monsieur Fortin
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Cermanutti
Lita Recio Lita Recio ... Marcelle
Michel Ardan Michel Ardan ... Fernand
Michèle Auvray Michèle Auvray ... Madame Branchu
Lucien Carol Lucien Carol ... L'inspecteur Benoit
Olivier Darrieux Olivier Darrieux ... Étienne
Paulette Laurent Paulette Laurent ... Mouchette (as Josiane Dorée)
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Storyline

In the suburbs of Paris, an old maid has just been murdered. Every body talks about that, except the misanthrope Mr Hire. The same evening, Alice, just getting out of jail, arrives and meets up with her lover Alfred again. They act as they do not know each other, for Alice went to jail to spare Alfred. But Mr Hire falls in love with Alice, and he suspects who the murderer is. Written by Yepok

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 November 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Panic See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,062, 22 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,061, 12 May 2017
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Filmsonor See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 1943, Georges Simenon sold the manuscript of his novel at an auction, and gave the profits to the prisoners of WWII. See more »

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Paul Bernard, among others
7 April 2013 | by bob998See all my reviews

Julien Duvivier was a very capable director who left some fine films--Carnet de bal is one of my favourites, and La belle equipe is a pleasure--but I never thought of him as the equal of Renoir, Clair or Carne. Panique is a solid work that satisfies us; the performances rise to greatness with Simon and Bernard, and the mise-en-scene is very assured. The only cavil I have is with the crowd scenes: they are just not very interesting and do not increase our involvement with the story. Simenon's novel is a character study, not a work of sociology; we don't need to know what the crowd wants.

Michel Simon was a great actor and here he's at his peak. Dryly humorous, love-struck, violent and tough, it's a memorable performance. Viviane Romance was the great vamp of French pre- and post war film, and she gives a lot of vitality to Alice, the girl who gives herself completely to the worthless Alfred. Max Dalban as the bigoted butcher has some very effective scenes. Finally Paul Bernard is splendid as the thuggish Alfred. He made Madeleine Renaud's life miserable in Lumiere d'ete, he dumped Maria Casares in Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (and was paid back royally for his stupidity): truly, Bernard was one of the great stars of the time.


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