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Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 5 March 1948 (USA)
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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 »

Director:

Henri-Georges Clouzot (as H. G. Clouzot)
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... Pâquerette, la dame du vestiaire
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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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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Trivia

It was during the shooting of this film that the director Henri Georges Clouzot, then was in a relationship at that time with Suzy Delair, met his future wife Vera, who came on the set to see her first husband, Léo Lapara, who plays a police inspector. 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

Referenced in Heavy Duty (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Avec son Tralala
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
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wonderful and earthy
20 October 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an exceptional picture with so much to recommend it. The acting and writing are terrific and there are lots of great twists and turns in the plot. As a French "Noir" film, its language is certainly a lot earthier than its American counterparts, but to me this just added to the realism. Additionally, I liked how non-glamorous everyone was--particularly the husband and the lieutenant. About the only negative, and the reason the film gets a 9 and not a 10, is because there was a glaring plot hole. Like another famous French film, Drôle de Drame, the confusion between the cops and the accused could easily have been settled in the beginning, but the characters made rather stupid decisions. For this, you just need to suspend disbelief and keep watching--the payoff is well worth the wait.

This is simply one of the finest French films I have seen. Period.


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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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