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La dame d'onze heures (1948)

Stanislas Oscar Seminario, aka SOS, is a young explorer, just back from Africa, visiting old friends: the Pescara's. But the father keeps receiving anonymous letters. And soon a mysterious ... See full summary »


Jean Devaivre


Pierre Apestéguy (novel), Jean-Paul Le Chanois (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Meurisse ... Stanislas-Octave Seminario dit 'SOS'
Micheline Francey Micheline Francey ... Muriel Pescara
Gilbert Gil ... Charles Pescara
Pierre Renoir ... Le docteur Gérard Pescara
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Guillaume
Jean Brochard ... Le juge d'instruction
Pierre-Louis Pierre-Louis ... Paul Wantz dit Delbecq (as Pierre Louis)
Junie Astor ... Hélène Tassin - l'infirmière
Jean Debucourt ... Le docteur Vermeulen
Mady Berry Mady Berry ... Brigitte Tassin
Palau ... Le portier (as Pierre Palau)
Arthur Devère Arthur Devère ... L'éclusier
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le cantonnier
Sinoël Sinoël ... Le jardinier (as Jean Sinoël)
Georges Bever Georges Bever ... Baptiste - le greffier (as Bever)


Stanislas Oscar Seminario, aka SOS, is a young explorer, just back from Africa, visiting old friends: the Pescara's. But the father keeps receiving anonymous letters. And soon a mysterious murder is committed. SOS begins to investigate... Written by Yepok

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Release Date:

3 March 1948 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Hämnaren från mörkret See more »

Filming Locations:

Auby, Nord, France See more »

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Production Co:

Neptune See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Original literary source: "La Dame d'onze heures", novel by Pierre Apesteguy, Editions La Bruyère (collection La Cagoule N° 24), Paris, 1946, 154 pages. See more »

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Very dated French mystery...but with some nice location shots
17 April 2018 | by GodeonWaySee all my reviews

Saw this on late-night French tv, with the notion that if it was programmed, it must be an overlooked gem from the post-war period. But a gem it definitely isn't.

Basically it plays like a 1930s Hollywood b-movie in the madcap mystery vein. But a key positive part of those movies was that they were fast-paced and short. La Dame d'Onze Heures, though, is way too long, and suffers from many dull moments.

A veteran cast performs adequately, but without the gusto that this type of film requires. Most of the players, including top-billed Paul Meurisse, are obviously walking through their roles.

Also on the negative side is the tinny sound, which plagues many French pictures filmed before 1955 or so. And if you're an animal-lover, be warned that halfway through the story, the treatment of a kitten in this film is abominable.

Must admit though, that getting nicely-photographed glimpses of post-war France was definitely a pleasure. But in truth, that's about all this picture has going for it.

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