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Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 5 March 1948 (USA)
Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in ... See full summary »

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Henri-Georges Clouzot (as H. G. Clouzot)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jouvet ... L'inspecteur adjoint Antoine
Simone Renant ... Dora Monier
Bernard Blier ... Maurice Martineau
Suzy Delair ... Marguerite Chauffournier Martineau, aka Jenny Lamour
Pierre Larquey ... Emile Lafour, un chauffeur de taxi
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... Pâquerette, la dame du vestiaire
Claudine Dupuis Claudine Dupuis ... Manon
Charles Dullin Charles Dullin ... Georges Brignon
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... Léopardi, l' éditeur de musique (as Arius)
Charles Blavette ... Le gendarme Poitevin (as Blavette)
René Blancard ... Le commissaire principal de la P.J. (as R. Blancard)
Robert Dalban ... Paulo, un truand (as R. Dalban)
Jean Daurand Jean Daurand ... L'inspecteur Picard (as J. Daurand)
Jean Dunot Jean Dunot ... Nitram - un chanteur comique (as J. Dunot)
Jacques Grétillat Jacques Grétillat ... Auguste (as J. Grétillat)
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Storyline

Jenny Lamour wants to succeed in music hall. Her husband and accompanist is Maurice Martineau, a nice but jealous man. When he knew Jenny is making eyes at Brignon, an old businessman, in order to get some engagements, he looses his temper and threatens Brignon with death. But Jenny went anyway to a rendez-vous at the old man's, who is murdered the same evening. The criminal investigations are lead by Inspector Antoine... Written by Yepok

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quay of the Goldsmiths See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,632, 27 October 2002

Gross USA:

$180,974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$180,974
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Majestic Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (censored)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Variable Density)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Goofs

When Antoine is repeating Maurice's deposition to the typist, he says that the confrontation between Maurice and Brignon at the restaurant took place on Wednesday, December 2, 1946. In 1946, December 2 fell on a Monday. See more »

Quotes

L'inspecteur adjoint Antoine: I have to admit, I've taken a liking to you, Miss Dora Monier.
Dora Monier: Me?
L'inspecteur adjoint Antoine: Because you and I are two of a kind. When it comes to women, we'll never have a chance.
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Danse avec Moi
(uncredited)
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
Played at the piano by Bernard Blier
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Clouzot strikes again and hits his mark
2 June 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Henri-Georges Clouzot's "Quai des Orfevres" (1947) stars Suzy Delair, Bernard Blier, Louis Jouvet, and Charles Dullin. The story takes place in post-war Paris, where an accompanist, Maurice Martineau (Blier) lives with his singer wife, Marguerite, better known as Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair). An important man, Georges Brignon (Dullin) promises Jenny work, and because she's ambitious, she flirts with him. Maurice is an extremely jealous man, so he finds Brignon in a restaurant and threatens him.

Later on, Jenny tells Maurice she is visiting her grandmother, who lives in another town. This gives Maurice a good opportunity to bump off Brignon, especially when he finds the man's address on a piece of paper in the kitchen and realizes Jenny was lying. But when he gets to Brignon's house, Brignon is already dead.

Inspector Antoine (Juvet) is assigned to the case, and it doesn't take him long to realize that some alibis aren't very secure.

Wonderful film, with the excellent Juvet outstanding as Inspector Antoine, and an excellent performance by Simone Renant as a lesbian photographer, Dora, in love with Jenny. Delair, who was involved with Clouzot, is good as a lower-class woman who loves her husband but wants to get ahead in show business as well.

This is Clouzot at his best, with a witty script with some plot twists and a true Parisian atmosphere.


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