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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 »

Director:

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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Details

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

Avec son Tralala
Music by Francis Lopez
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Suzy Delair
Played at the guitar by Henri Arius
Played at the piano by Bernard Blier
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A great comeback of H.G. Cluozot
26 September 2007 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

H.G. Cluozot had difficulties working in France after he had made "Le Corbeau" in 1943 which was produced by the German company and later judged by French as a piece of anti-French propaganda. Louis Jouvet, an admirer of Clouzot's work, invited him to direct a thriller "Quai des Orfevres" where he played an ambiguous police inspector investigating a murder that happened in Paris Music Hall. Without each other knowledge, the seductive cabaret singer Jenny Lamoure (Suzy Delair) and her jealous piano-accompanist husband Maurice who is madly in love with her (Bertrand Blier, father of director Bertrand Blier) trying to cover up (without each other's knowledge) what they believe to be their involvement in the murder? Enters tenacious policeman (Louis Jouvet) who is determined to discover the truth. Jouvet practically stole the movie with wonderfully cynic and sentimental in the same time performance. "His character, his eagle-like profile and his unique way of speaking made him unforgettable." "Quai des Orfevres", witty and atmospheric observation of human weaknesses was a great comeback of H.G. Cluozot, the fine director, "French Hitchcock".


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