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The Night Affair (1958)

Le désordre et la nuit (original title)
A vice inspector for the Paris police takes special interest in the plight of drug-addicted Lucky whom he considers to be more victim than criminal.


Gilles Grangier


Jacques Robert (novel), Jacques Robert (adaptation) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Inspecteur Georges Vallois
Danielle Darrieux ... Thérèse Marken
Nadja Tiller ... Lucky Fridel
Paul Frankeur ... Inspecteur Chaville
Hazel Scott ... Valentine Horse
Robert Manuel Robert Manuel ... Blasco
Robert Berri Robert Berri ... Marquis
François Chaumette François Chaumette ... Le commissaire principal Janin / Commissioner Janin
Louis Ducreux ... Henri Marken
Liliane Robin Liliane Robin
Jannick Arvel Jannick Arvel
Claude Ivry Claude Ivry
Ingrid Harrisson Ingrid Harrisson ... Gina
Lucien Raimbourg Lucien Raimbourg ... L'ivrogne
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... L'inspecteur Rocard
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Paris Before Dawn - The end of an interlude of love, lust and murder...running its course while the city sleeps. As if terrified by the light of day...it waits, only to return under cover of another night.


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Night and the city
17 September 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Although it is not based on a Simenon novel,the atmosphere recalls that of the Belgian writer.And Audiard comes up with one good line or two particularly when Gabin tells Darrieux that ,with her medicine,she can calm her protégée forever.

Another proof positive that Grangier was a good director in the fifties and if this one is not as exciting as "Danger De Mort" or "Retour A L'Envoyeur " ,it's because the writers hesitate between detective story and psychological drama.The two sides of the plot do not hang well together ;besides,Darrieux's part,very important,is underwritten and it's 45 minutes before she appears.

Grangier knew how to show the big city at night with its lights ,its darkness on the edge ,its shady places .He was not afraid,like Decoin in "Razzia Sur LA Chnouff " to show an already drug-addicted youth.The Commissaire /Young girl relationship is as much father /daughter as it is lovers .This loser is actually from a wealthy German family,a subject which would be trendy ten years later in the wake of May 68.

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14 May 1958 (France) See more »

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