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Inspector Maigret (1958)

Maigret tend un piège (original title)
A serial killer is targeting women in the seedy district of Montmartre.

Director:

Jean Delannoy

Writers:

Georges Simenon (novel), Jean Delannoy (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Le commissaire divisionnaire Jules Maigret
Annie Girardot ... Yvonne Maurin
Olivier Hussenot Olivier Hussenot ... Lagrume
Jeanne Boitel Jeanne Boitel ... Louise Maigret
Lucienne Bogaert Lucienne Bogaert ... Mme Veuve Adèle Maurin
Jean Debucourt ... Camille Guimard - le directeur de la Police Judiciaire (as Jean Debucourt) (as sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Guy Decomble Guy Decomble ... Mazet
Paulette Dubost ... Mauricette Barberot
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... Le médecin légiste
Hubert de Lapparent Hubert de Lapparent ... Le juge Coméliau
Jean-Louis Le Goff Jean-Louis Le Goff ... Goudier (as Jean-Louis Le Goff) (as de la Comédie Française)
Pierre-Louis Pierre-Louis ... Rougin - un journaliste (as Pierre Louis)
Gérard Séty Gérard Séty ... Georges "Jojo" Vacher (as Gérard Sety)
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Le journaliste de Paris-Presse
André Valmy André Valmy ... L' inspecteur Lucas
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Storyline

For some time now, women coming home at night have been savagely murdered by a mysterious serial killer. Inspector Lagrume thinks he has found the culprit in the person of Barberot, a local butcher. But Maigret, who takes over the investigation, is not convinced. Deep inside himself, he knows the murderer is still at large. But how to trap him ? Written by Guy Bellinger

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An Extraordinary Study in Crime by the World's Master of Psychological Suspense!

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 January 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspector Maigret See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,556, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,528, 16 November 2017
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 19714 delivered on 23-1-1958. See more »

Quotes

Lagrume: Don't you know we need a warrant to step into a person's apartment?
Inspector Jules Maigret: Of course I know, but it is not to my apartment we're going to.
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Featured in Voyage à travers le cinéma français (2016) See more »

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Ça ne Sert à Rien
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Paule Desjardins
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Mystery, suspense, intrigue with terrific performance Jean Gavin-Maigret investigating the murderer's identity
17 July 2008 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

As always, this film occurs in Paris, there happen a murders series. One the night of the killing a butcher is the suspect, detective Maigret(the great Jean Gavin) becomes involved into investigation and pulls off a cat and mouse game with the killer. Maigret leaving false clues and a false murderer. Meanwhile is developed a pursuit through the Paris slums, in order to chase the killer, getting a button. Appear new suspects, as a strange woman(Annie Girardot, one of the most known French actress of the 60s) and her spouse(Jean Desailly, recently deceased). Maigret is helped by his underlings(Lino Ventura, in very secondary role , among them). The obstinate inspector winds up pitting rival against each other in order to destroy him in a stirring interrogation.

The picture displays thriller,tension, twists plots and is quite entertaining , though some moments is slow moving. Interesting and exciting battle of wits between intelligent detective and quirky villain. The story explores the dynamics of pathological behaviour and very much in the style of psychoanalytic descriptions fitting fairly to George Simenon novels. Casting is frankly outstanding. Jean Gavin as stubborn detective is top-notch, Jean Desailly as maniac-depressive husband is magnificent, he's tremendously affected into the deeps of human desperation. Annie Girardot as a predatory and manipulating beauty woman and Lino Ventura who was one of the best French actors from the 60s and 70s. Awesome cinematography by Page who reflects splendidly the Paris streets, though mostly made in studios. The motion picture is rightly directed by Jean Delannoy. The film is based on George Simenon legendary detective who is adapted at several cinematic rendition and TV series. As Maigret was played by Basil Sidney( The lost life,TV, 59) Gino Cervi(Maigret in Pigalle,67), Rupert Davies(series from 60s), Richard Harris(TV, 1988), Michael Gambon(TV,1993), Sergio Castellitto(2004). But specially by Jean Gavin who also played 'Maigret and the St Fiacre case(59)'. In Hollywood(1949) was realized by Burguess Meredith 'The man on the Eiffel tower'with Charles Laughton as Maigret. Rating : Good and worth watch checking out. The movie will like to Jean Gabin fans and intrigue lovers but contains a highly suspenseful.


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