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Spotlight on a Murderer (1961)

Pleins feux sur l'assassin (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 31 March 1961 (France)
When he learns his days are numbered old count Hervé de Kéraudren decides to hide in a secret alcove and to die there, just to annoy his heirs. As a result of his body not being found the ... See full summary »

Director:

Georges Franju

Writers:

Pierre Boileau (original scenario) (as Boileau-Narcejac), Thomas Narcejac (original scenario) (as Boileau-Narcejac) | 6 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Comte Hervé de Kerloguen
Pascale Audret ... Jeanne Benoist-Sainval
Marianne Koch ... Edwige
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Marie de Kerloguen
Dany Saval ... Micheline
Jean Babilée Jean Babilée ... Christian de Kerloguen
Georges Rollin ... Claude Benoist-Sainval
Gérard Buhr ... Henri
Maryse Martin Maryse Martin ... Marthe
Serge Marquand Serge Marquand ... Yvan
Lucien Raimbourg Lucien Raimbourg ... Julien
Robert Vattier Robert Vattier ... Le notaire
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Guillaume
Philippe Leroy ... André
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When he learns his days are numbered old count Hervé de Kéraudren decides to hide in a secret alcove and to die there, just to annoy his heirs. As a result of his body not being found the latter will have to wait for five years until they can inherit the count's money. Very upsetting indeed, all the more as they are required to keep up the Kéraudren estate in the meantime. To collect money, nephews and nieces organize a Son et Lumière show at the manor while busily looking for the missing corpse. But, unexpectedly, they get killed in turns. Murders or accidents? Jean-Marie, his fiancée Micheline and his cousin Edwige investigate and finally succeed in exposing the culprit. And, the count's body being found by chance, all goes back to normal. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Language:

French

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31 March 1961 (France) See more »

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A decidedly minor affair
13 January 2018 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Closer to Agatha Christie than to Boileau-Narcejac who wrote the original story and collaborated with Franju on the screenplay, "Spotlight on a Murderer" is a decidedly minor affair, entertaining for what it is but unlikely to set the cinematic world on fire. For starters, it's got a fairly ridiculous plot, (even Christie would have balked at this one); an old count, about to die, hides himself away in a secret room in his chateau so that his relatives won't find his body and will have to wait 5 years for their inheritance. Naturally the corpses soon start piling up. Poiret or Miss Marple would have sorted it out in no time.


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