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Between Eleven and Midnight (1949)

Entre onze heures et minuit (original title)
A police detective with a striking resemblance for a murdered criminal impersonates the deceased to identify his murderer.


Henri Decoin (as Henry Decoin)


Claude Luxel (novel), Marcel Rivet (adaptation) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jouvet ... L'inspecteur Carrel
Madeleine Robinson ... Lucienne
Léo Lapara Léo Lapara ... L'inspecteur Perpignan
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Irma
Jean Meyer Jean Meyer ... Victor (as Jean Meyer Sociétaire de le Comédie Française)
Simone Sylvestre Simone Sylvestre ... Léone
Janine Viénot Janine Viénot
Robert Vattier ... Charlie
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Bouture
Yvette Etiévant ... La fille
Marianne Hardy Marianne Hardy ... Marie-Louise
Paul Barge Paul Barge ... Le médecin légiste
Jean-Claude Malouvier Jean-Claude Malouvier
Jacques Roux Jacques Roux
Gisèle Casadesus ... Florence (as Gisele Casadesus sociétaire de la Comédie Française)


A police detective with a striking resemblance for a murdered criminal impersonates the deceased to identify his murderer.

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gangster | based on novel | See All (2) »


A Story of Suspense, Murder and Intrigue


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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References The Whole Town's Talking (1935) See more »


Dans l'Ombre des Rues
Music by Henri Sauguet
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Anny Gould
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Dead ringers.
26 December 2001 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The beginning promised great things:in the space of five minutes ,the director manages to pay a tribute to two American movies ("the whole town's talking (1935),the great dictator(1940)) and to a French one too ("copie conforme",Jean Dreville,1946).While people,leaving a movie theater,complain about the implausibility of these dead ringers films,they actually meet three doubles who make them shiver.

What follows is a something of a let-down.There are still strange scenes,for instance the fashion show where every outfit is called after the name of a thriller(novel);then the gangsters bursting into the room and making a clean sweep of all the values.But Henry (in the credits ,it's a y)Decoin gives a rather satisfactory script three different treatments in turn: whodunit,film noir and comedy.And however the idea was splendid:a cop (Jouvet) realizes that he's the dead ringer of a man who's been murdered and he takes his place.Sometimes it works and the dialogue is really funny and the story suspenseful.But sometimes it doesn't and interest falls away:the scenes with Madeleine Robinson,who is a very fine actress though,are not convincing.Too many subplots and too many characters do not help.

It 's a watchable curio ,but as far dead ringers are concerned,Alfred Hitchcock did better with "the wrong man"(1956).He even transcended the topic with "Vertigo" two years after.

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Release Date:

23 March 1949 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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