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Panique (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, 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.

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Charles Spaak (screenplay and dialogue), Julien Duvivier (screenplay and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... 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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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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Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #955. See more »

Connections

Remade as Monsieur Hire (1989) See more »

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Good Suspense
31 May 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With an interesting story and some good suspense, this mystery/thriller works pretty well despite a lack of any particularly appealing characters. At the beginning, it sets up a complicated situation, and builds at a good pace to lead up to a tense finale. It has quite a low-budget look to it, but with a story of this kind, sometimes that actually fits in rather well.

There is a lot going on right from the beginning. In a neighborhood where a murder has just been committed, there is a young woman coming home from prison, seeking out the lover for whom she took the blame. There is also an unpopular and eccentric resident whom no one can figure out. These and other characters soon get involved in a lengthy cat-and-mouse game that keeps things interesting the rest of the way. It would be even more compelling if at least some of the characters were a little easier to sympathize with, but the story itself is enough to hold your attention. One slight drawback - not a fault of the original film-makers - is that the titles (at least on the English version that seems to be available) are very light and often hard to read, so you miss a few things, unless by chance your French is sharp enough to catch everything.

Overall, it's above average for its genre. If you enjoy film noir or older thrillers, and don't mind a low-budget style, this one should be worth a look.


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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

Gross USA:

$46,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$46,041
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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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