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Midnight... Quai de Bercy (1953)

Minuit... Quai de Bercy (original title)
No sooner has she moved into her new apartment than Irene Cazenave, the widow of a well-known police detective, is asked by a colleague of her late husband, inspector Brénot, to assist him ... See full summary »


Christian Stengel


Pierre Lamblin (novel), Claude Accursi (screenplay and dialogue) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madeleine Robinson ... Irène Cazenave
Erich von Stroheim ... Professeur Kieffer
Philippe Lemaire ... Luc Genevoix
Francis Blanche ... Boulay, l'épicier
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Martin, le masseur
Jean Carmet ... Merle, l'adjoint de l'inspecteur
Georges Randax Georges Randax ... L'inspecteur Marc Brénot
Nicole Gamma Nicole Gamma ... Catherine (as Nicole Guézel)
Claude Romain Claude Romain ... José 'Jo' Kieffer
Evelyne Corman Evelyne Corman
Nicole Delage Nicole Delage
Rosy Varte Rosy Varte ... Mme Boulay, l'épicière
Robert Maufras Robert Maufras
Charles Vissières Charles Vissières ... Le concierge
Claire Gérard Claire Gérard ... La buraliste


No sooner has she moved into her new apartment than Irene Cazenave, the widow of a well-known police detective, is asked by a colleague of her late husband, inspector Brénot, to assist him in a criminal investigation. Indeed, the caretaker of the block in which she lives, a provocative lady all the female tenants distrusted and all the males craved, has just been murdered. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

26 April 1953 (France) See more »

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Amatoli nyhta See more »

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1.37 : 1
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French visa # 13521. See more »


Irène Cazenave: Seeing a naked woman just chills me.
Président Stéphane Andrieux: In my case, it depends.
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24 February 2013 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Christian Stengel's fourth attempt at a thriller after "Seul Dans La Nuit" "Rome Express" and "Pas De Pitié Pour Les Femmes" ,"Minuit" takes Yves Mirande's "Derrière La Façade" pattern and tights it up:the screenplay is more satisfying and the movie does not look like a stream of stars ;actually only two members of the cast really stand out :Von Stroheim as an ominous prophet,asking all people to repent before God's wrath strikes them;and the stunning Madeleine Robinson,whose acting is so subtle and so brilliant she makes Irene an unusual character.Robinson is that kind of old wave French actress who,like Signoret,Arletty or Darrieux ,can carry a movie on her shoulders.Apart from them,there is also handsome Philippe Lemaire,the romantic male lead of the era,as a Latin teacher,and Francis Blanche ,who would become a very famous stand up comic ,as a libidinous grocer.

This is rather smart whodunit ,in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie:all people around had a reason to murder the concierge(building care-taker:the word "concierge" has grown slightly demeaning and is not really used anymore) and a captain investigates ,helped by a younger Miss Marple .

The director ,probably influenced by Duvivier's " Sous Le Ciel De Paris"(1950),begins his story with a voice over telling us that Paris is a world ,blah ,blah ,blah..."

Best moment:the captain is given a photograph and the viewer sees the reflection of the culprit on a mirror.

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