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The Red Inn (1951)

L'auberge rouge (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime | 7 June 1954 (USA)
A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the monk his habit of serving a soporific soup to the guests, to rob their possessions and ... See full summary »


Claude Autant-Lara (as Claude Autant Lara)


Jean Aurenche (original scenario), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 5 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Fernandel ... The Monk
Françoise Rosay ... Marie Martin
Marie-Claire Olivia Marie-Claire Olivia ... Mathilde Martin
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Darwin (as Caussimon)
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... Elisa
Didier d'Yd Didier d'Yd ... Jeannou
Lud Germain Lud Germain ... Fetiche
Jacques Charon Jacques Charon ... Rodolphe
Andrée Viala Andrée Viala ... La Marquise Caroline (as A. Viala)
Robert Berri Robert Berri ... Le Cocher
André Cheff André Cheff ... Un gendarme
André Dalibert André Dalibert ... Woodcutter
Grégoire Aslan ... Barboeuf
Julien Carette ... Pierre Martin (as Carette)
Yves Montand ... Singing Commentator (voice)


A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the monk his habit of serving a soporific soup to the guests, to rob their possessions and to bury them in the backyard. The story unfolds as the monk tries to save the guest's lives without violating the holy secrecy of the confession. Written by Johannes Stahl <jstahl@lri.ucsf.edu>

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A slight case of murder and mayhem


Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

7 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Inn See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Memnon Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Referenced in Vlci bouda (1987) See more »


La Complainte de l'Auberge Rouge
Written by René Cloërec
Performed by Yves Montand
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There should be a yearly Award for macabre humor
16 December 2007 | by Arca1943See all my reviews

Of course, there will always be some narrow-minded people to remain highly prejudiced against death - especially their own - while in fact, let's say it, death can be so funny ! Unforgettable comedies such as 'Arsenic and Old Lace' (USA), 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' (Britain), 'Divorzio all'italiana' (Italy), 'El Verdugo' (Spain) and of course 'L'Auberge rouge' (France) all should have been granted, in their time, some kind of prestigious Dark Humour or Macabre Humour prize. (Maybe we could call it the Golden Guillotine Award ?) Adapted from a true crime story that took place in 1833 - the Auberge de Peyrebeille affair - this witty gem was remarkably well cooked by screenwriters Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost and director Claude Autant-Lara, decidedly at the top of their game with this black comedy featuring some inimitable acting à la française : Fernandel, hilarious as always, Julien Carette as truculent as a peasant serial killer can be, and above all the great (and diabolical !) Françoise Rozay, accompanied by a bunch of crunchy second-roles specialists, PLUS the very cool song "La Ballade de l'Auberge rouge" sung by Yves Montand himself! 'L'Auberge rouge' is a great French classic, providing amusement, remarkable atmosphere and even joie de vivre - for those who survive !

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