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Gas, Inspector Palmu! (1961)

Kaasua, komisario Palmu! (original title)
A rich widow is found dead of gas poisoning in her flat in Helsinki. First the death is thought to be an accident, but lieutenant Palmu notices that the murderer has made a mistake, and ... See full summary »

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Matti Kassila
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Rinne ... Palmu
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... Toivo Virta
Leo Jokela ... Väinö Kokki
Elina Salo ... Kirsti Skrof
Pentti Siimes ... Kurt Kuurna
Saulo Haarla ... Kaarle Lankela
Risto Mäkelä Risto Mäkelä ... Mustapää
Henny Valjus Henny Valjus ... Alma Skrof
Aino Mantsas Aino Mantsas ... Iiri Salmia
Toivo Mäkelä ... Lanne
Pehr-Olof Sirén Pehr-Olof Sirén ... Lääkäri (as Per-Olof Sirén)
Pia Hattara Pia Hattara ... Hallamaa
Rauha Rentola ... Anna
Kullervo Kalske Kullervo Kalske ... Ara
Esko Mannermaa Esko Mannermaa ... Hakanen
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A rich widow is found dead of gas poisoning in her flat in Helsinki. First the death is thought to be an accident, but lieutenant Palmu notices that the murderer has made a mistake, and Palmu and his assistants Kokki and Virta start an investigation into who has broken into the apartment through the balcony door and opened the gas tap when Mrs. Skrof was sleeping.

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Trivia

The prequel, Komisario Palmun erehdys (1960), was a huge success, but its producer T.J. Särkkä forgot to reserve the filming rights of Mika Waltari's other Palmu-novel "Kuka murhasi rouva Skrofin". Mauno Mäkelä bought the rights and Kaasua, komisario Palmu (1961) was filmed under Fennada-Filmi. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Palmu: Do you see what it says on that picture on the wall?
Detective Toivo Virta: [reads] God sees everything!
Inspector Palmu: That's what they say, that's what they say! A police officer can't see everything, but he is able to see something. Or at least he should be! What time it is?
Detective Toivo Virta: 10.01 a.m.
Inspector Palmu: They boys have already read the morning paper. There is a phone over there. Alert the murder squad!
[Virta rushes to the phone]
Inspector Palmu: . Every murderer makes a mistake, this one made two.
Detective Toivo Virta: [on the phone] Hey, boys! Come here! Mrs. Scrof, Rantakatu 2! Bye!
[to Palmu]
Detective Toivo Virta:
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Great Finnish detective movie!
7 July 2002 | by TTaipaleSee all my reviews

"Kaasua, komisario Palmu!" is based on Mika Waltari´s novel "Kuka murhasi rouva Skrofin". Palmu-movies are Finnish classics filled with great actors. The movie is a typical murder mystery case. In the beginning of the movie rich old lady is found dead in her apartment. What first looks like an accidential death (gas leaking from the stove) turns out to be a murder. There are of course several suspects, all with good motives to kill the old lady.

For me Joel Rinne as Palmu is a great actor and his character has something in common with Peter Falk´s Columbo. Palmu has a sharp mind but also a sharp tongue. He is sarcastic and his colleagues sometimes feel this. Palmu´s motto is "the murderer always makes one mistake". Brilliant acting from Rinne.

By far the best actor in Palmu-movies is detective Kokki played by Leo Jokela. Jokela was a great Finnish actor who played in many Finnish movies such as "Ala nuolase". He almost literally steals every scene in which he is. Sad thing that Finnish movie scene does not have such actors anymore.

All in all, "Kaasua, komisario Palmu!" is the best Palmu-movie and everyone who has the chance to watch it, should do so. I give 9/10.


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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

15 September 1961 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Gas, Inspector Palmu! See more »

Filming Locations:

Ullanlinna, Helsinki, Finland

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Fennada-Filmi See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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