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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

distributor's webpage

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jenny Lamour See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,139, 1 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,516, 5 July 2018
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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

Clouzot wrote almost two-thirds of the film only having read the novel years before, recalling it from memory, since it was out of print by the time he started the screenplay. When Stanislas-André Steeman saw the film, he was furious about the differences between the novel and the film. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Danse avec Moi
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
Played at the piano by Bernard Blier
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Genre bending Tragi-comic love story-character study-police procedural.
8 October 2006 | by heliotropetwoSee all my reviews

The Director loves the actress and it shows. The actress inhabits the character, whom we love at first sight and sound. The character loves her jealous unprepossessing husband and he loves her. His childhood friend secretly loves his wife and the fact that his friend is a beautiful woman makes the love tragic and ironic. His wife is jealous of his childhood friend and thinks her attentions are out of secret love for her husband.

Then there is a murder and the investigating police lieutenant, who loves only his bi-racial son, and resents being taken from his company by the above characters, who have had some unpleasant contact with the deceased and are all lying to one degree or another, unravels the mystery with some of the most precise and authentic procedural detail ever captured on film.

And then there are the atmospherics of a post-war Paris, where coal is in short supply, music is filled with erotic longing and wistful memory, and innocence has long ago been washed away by the rain.

All of this in a milieu of magicians whose tricks don't always work, dogs who walk on their hind feet and express music criticism, hungry news reporters and exhausted cops.

And then there are many of the finest actors of their generation who have been through some very bad years directed by, to come full circle, a man who is in love with his lead actress and who, with full justification, was a respected friend of Picasso.

I've seen this film often and I love all of them and it.


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