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Spotlight on a Murderer (1961)

Pleins feux sur l'assassin (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Mystery | 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 »

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Georges Franju

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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 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:

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31 March 1961 (France) See more »

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Passable Murder Mystery Helped Greatly By Fine Cast
10 June 2017 | by gerrythreeSee all my reviews

"Spotlight On A Murderer" is a second rate detective story with a first rate French cast. The story deals with a count whose only asset seems to be his massive stone castle. Top billed Pierre Brasseur plays the count and he has a hit and run part, appearing for a total of maybe three minutes and not doing much besides taking a seat in a concealed room and dying.

For me, the big plus of this movie is Dany Saval's performance as the girlfriend of one of the potential heirs of the count. She has a real personality. Maurice Jarre composed the music for this movie and the score is blah, no match to his score for 1964's "Weekend at Dunkirk". Jarre later married Saval, in 1965 and, when they split two years later, he gave her the rights to his movie score for "Doctor Zhivago" as a divorce settlement. A great deal for her.

As to this movie, I watched the Arrow Blu-ray disc of the movie, a Gaumont restoration that has excellent image quality. At the end, when the killer is on the run across across the castle grounds, Edwige (Marianne Koch) tells Saval's movie boyfriend to shoot the killer in the leg. A shot through a high tower window to a moving target at least 150 feet away using a smooth bore single shot antique pistol. With a crowd of visitors to the castle next to the target. Naturally, the shot hits the killer in the leg.

If your time is limited, try to see "Weekend At Dunkirk" instead of this run of the mill mystery. Maurice Jarre's score for that movie is great and director Henri Verneuil was on a roll in the 1960s directing movies, hitting his peak with 1969's "The Sicilian Clan".


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