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Inside a Girls' Dormitory (1953)

Dortoir des grandes (original title)
Detective Marco is assigned to investigate a murder that has occurred at an exclusive boarding school for adolescent girls. The victim is a popular, wealthy girl found strangled in her bed.... See full summary »

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Henri Decoin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Marais ... Inspecteur Désiré Marco
Françoise Arnoul ... Aimée de La Capelle
Denise Grey ... Mme. Hazard-Habran - La directrice
Jeanne Moreau ... Julie - la serveuse
Noël Roquevert ... Émile - L'aubergiste
Line Noro ... Mlle. Brigitte Tournesac
Katherine Kath Katherine Kath ... Mlle Claude Persal
Louis de Funès ... Le photographe Triboudot
Humberto Almazán ... Da Costa
Pierre Morin Pierre Morin ... Inspecteur Broche
Jean Sylvère Jean Sylvère ... Le receveur
Dany Carrel ... Bettina de virmant
Nicole Gamma Nicole Gamma ... Martine - Une pensionnaire (as Nicole Guézel)
Michèle Nancey Michèle Nancey ... Michèle
Monique Arthur Monique Arthur ... Emma Lestandier (as Monique Artur)
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Detective Marco is assigned to investigate a murder that has occurred at an exclusive boarding school for adolescent girls. The victim is a popular, wealthy girl found strangled in her bed. The school director tells Marco she expects him to find the killer outside of the school, and she bristles at his insistent interrogations of the school staff and the students. Marco learns that two sadistic games were played the night of the murder and that the victim had been tied up. There are a number of suspects, including a teacher with an unnatural affection for one of the girls; a suspicious Spanish gentleman at the town-inn, and some of the pupils themselves. The dead girl's best friend gives the detective the victim's letters and some films. At a showing of the films, there is a sequence where an elderly, mild-mannered teacher is shown kissing with the disreputable town photographer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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STRANGE LOVE sets the pace for this most unusual suspense mystery

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 February 1956 (USA) See more »

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Inside a Girls' Dormitory See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Girls school
31 December 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The last good adaptation of a Stanislas Andre Steeman novel ("18 Fantômes")for the screen,(Clouzot's ones were the best :"Quai Des Orfèvres" "L'Assassin Habite Au 21"),"Dortoir des Grandes " (=-big- girls dormitory) remains one of Henry Decoin's best movies in the fifties .

The director is at ease with a detective story which includes film noir touches and a lot of good humor.Jean Marais portrays a very handsome cop who investigates in a girls school where a murder was committed (one of the students).A bevy of gorgeous young girls makes his work worthwhile ,but they are not paragons of virtue ,as the straight headmistress (a wonderful Denise Grey) thinks they are.Don't they dress up as ghosts at night to scare the supervisor?And one of their pastimes the "tied -up" game -one of the girl learned in England ,in France we do not do such things of course!- consists of tying a girl to her bed :if she can free herself during the night,she wins!And what about the victim? Doesn't she own a movie-camera?And if she films the turkey waddling on the yard,she has also immortalized very bad things which happen behind the teachers' back.

A gallery of weirdos have detailed portraits in "Dortoir Des Grandes" : a female maths teacher who seems to be fond of girls (she says: "I couldn't kill her!I wouldn't destroy beauty"),a supervisor who's afraid of everything,a headmistress overtaken by events ;and in the village ,a photograph (Louis de Funès!)who likes to take photographs of the young ladies in swimsuit till something better comes along...Jeanne Moreau as a servant who is asked by the cop to spy on the victim's soon-to-be stepfather (this charming man has already tried to rape his stepdaughter).

This is an exciting thriller ,which displays a lot of dynamism ,with an excellent final scene which will remind old viewers of prize giving day.

Like this?try these....

"Les Disparus de Saint Agil " Christian -Jaque 1938

"Le Visiteur" Jean Dreville 1946


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