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The Man in the Raincoat (1957)

L'homme à l'imperméable (original title)
In the absence of his wife, a clarinet player is induced by a friend to meet a call girl, but arrived after a crime. Perceived by some people leaving the scene of the crime covered by his ... See full summary »

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

René Barjavel (dialogue), James Hadley Chase (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Albert Constantin
Jacques Duby Jacques Duby ... Maurice Langlois
Jean Rigaux Jean Rigaux ... Émile Blondeau
Judith Magre ... Éva
Pierre Spiers Pierre Spiers ... Le chef d'orchestre
John McGiver ... O'Brien
Armande Navarre Armande Navarre ... Esher
Raoul Marco ... Le régisseur
Gaston Rey Gaston Rey ... Le ténor
Germain Francini Germain Francini
Julien Bertheau ... Le metteur en scène (as Julien Bertheau sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Rob Murray Rob Murray ... Sam
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Le peintre
Alfred Goulin Alfred Goulin ... L'inspecteur
Edith Georges Edith Georges ... Nelly
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Storyline

In the absence of his wife, a clarinet player is induced by a friend to meet a call girl, but arrived after a crime. Perceived by some people leaving the scene of the crime covered by his raincoat, he became the only suspect for the police. His only hope is to discover the murderer before is name is mentionned publicly, specially in front of his wife. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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QUELLE MADNESS! A triumph of simplicity over duplicity, under the deft direction of Julien Duvivier. A macabre comedy distilled in the cinema connoisseur's taste for the savory. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 February 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

American theater and TV actor John McGiver was brought to Paris for the location shooting of Billy Wilder's Love In The Afternoon, from August through December 1956. While he was there he was cast in the role of the shady American art dealer in The Man In The Raincoat, though his French dialogue was dubbed by another actor. The Man In The Raincoat started shooting in October and was released in France February 1957, whereas Love In The Afternoon, which had started filming earlier, was not released until June of that year. See more »

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Faux pas
18 August 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Coming after his awesome film noir "voici le temps des assassins" the same year,everything Duvivier would produce afterward was bound to be a let -down :such was the case for "l'homme à l'imperméable" which fluctuates between comedy and drama .

Comedy because of Fernandel's personality:it's hard to take his character seriously (a character he had often played in the past:the less-than-handsome guy who falls for a gorgeous woman).

Drama because it's a Hadley Chase novel ;and Fernandel ,who is an ideal Pagnol actor,is definitely not a film noir hero.

It's pussyfooting all the way.While it's entertaining,it cannot be looked upon as an achievement for the highly talented Duvivier.


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