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Le mannequin assassiné (1948)

It is holiday time for inspector Malaise and there he is on the vacation train in the company of his wife. But Malaise as a holidaymaker, who could believe such a thing? Indeed the dead ... See full summary »

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Pierre de Hérain
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Blanchette Brunoy ... Laure
Gilbert Gil ... Armand
Julien Carette ... Léonisse (as Carette)
Daniel Gélin ... Léopold (as Daniel Gelin)
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Jérôme (as Caussimon)
Anne Vernon ... Irène (as Edith Vignaud)
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Emile
Jacques Sevrannes Jacques Sevrannes ... Gilbert (as Jacques Sevranne)
Robert Balpo Robert Balpo ... Le chef de train (as Balpo)
Geneviève Callix Geneviève Callix ... Rose
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... Charles (as Gabriello)
Pierre Magnier ... Le notaire
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Didier (as Dinan)
Stanislas-André Steeman Stanislas-André Steeman ... Le docteur Furnelle (as S.A. Steeman)
Mathilde Casadesus Mathilde Casadesus ... Madame Malaise
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It is holiday time for inspector Malaise and there he is on the vacation train in the company of his wife. But Malaise as a holidaymaker, who could believe such a thing? Indeed the dead body of a murdered model placed on the track blocks the train. It does not take long before the sleuth in Malaise gains the upper hand of the traveler. He decides to stop at the small town nearby and starts investigating... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Anne Vernon's film debut (as Edith Vignaud). See more »

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Steeman was better served by Clouzot

Quite hard to find, "le Mannequin Assassiné" must be seen because it's produced by the belgian Robert Lussac who plays intelligently the commissionner Aimé Malaise, a tall strong bearded smoking pipe and so determined to find out who stabbed a dummy and why do this weird act, "the greatest crime in the world" as Steeman writes. "Le Mannequin Assassiné" was shot after the successes of Lacombes and Clouzot adaptations from Steeman. But the screenwriter Georges Chaperot and dialoguist Pierre Lestringuez who wrote LMA were not big names in movie business, in fact they just wrote a few minor movies each. And that's the main weakness in this rarely seen Steeman adaptation : it misses all the visual scenes (the crazy carrying the dummy like "Saint André is walking", this scene being chosen for the cover of the 1949 book cover) and original strong dialogues. Not only did they miss the good parts and rewrite clumsily the story, but they added Malaise's wife, character completely useless and ridiculous boozing with villagers. Yes, Steeman's book deserved a better adaptation closer to the book. The main casting is fine with Blanchette Brunoy, Gilbert Gil, Blanchette Brunoy and the truculent Julien Carette, André Gabriello and Caussimon as the crazy.

Strange list of casting on imdb, the first name is an obscure character while the main character commissionner Malaise is ninth.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 March 1948 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De vermoorde mannequin See more »

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1.37 : 1
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