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56 rue Pigalle (1949)

Lucien Bonnet, Jean Vigneron's manservant, blackmails his boss, who is having an affair with Inès de Montalban, married to Ricardo. Vigneron pays the sum but Lucien is killed by an ... See full summary »

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Willy Rozier

Writers:

Willy Rozier (adaptation), Willy Rozier (dialogue & screenplay) (as Xavier Vallier)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Dumesnil ... Jean Vigneron
Marie Déa ... Inès de Montalban
Aimé Clariond ... Ricardo de Montalban
Raymond Cordy ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Janine Miller Janine Miller ... Nadia, la chanteuse
René Blancard ... Lucien Bonnet
Jean Geoffroy Jean Geoffroy ... Baruch (as Jean Jeoffroy)
Marco Villa Marco Villa ... Fred Poulain
Jacqueline Johel Jacqueline Johel
Roger Monteaux Roger Monteaux ... (as Roger Montaux)
Denyse Roux Denyse Roux ... Janis (as Denise Roux)
Félix Clément Félix Clément
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand
Bonsch Bonsch
Henri Belfor Henri Belfor
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Lucien Bonnet, Jean Vigneron's manservant, blackmails his boss, who is having an affair with Inès de Montalban, married to Ricardo. Vigneron pays the sum but Lucien is killed by an accomplice, Baruch. Everything seems to accuse Jean who, for fear of compromising Inès, prefers to keep mum. Fortunately, his innocence will be proved thanks to a surprise witness. The two lovers flee to Congo while the husband soon forgets them, finding comfort in debauchery. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 March 1949 (France) See more »

Filming Locations:

France

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Sport-Films See more »
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Mono
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Pigalle
Music by Georges Ulmer
Lyrics by Georges Ulmer and Georges Koger
Performed by Marie-José
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Good plot and very atmospheric
16 February 2007 | by nwatson-6See all my reviews

I saw 56, rue Pigalle last night and really enjoyed it. It's a rattling good story about blackmail and deceit, with a strong Catholic sense of morality. The lighting and camera angles make it really atmospheric and I was surprised that the finale was set in Africa (presumably Belgian Congo). The song Pigalle features some advanced visual techniques, like a kind of early pop video, and I love French music of that period anyway. The female star Marie Dea also appeared in Jean Cocteau's 'Orphee' the same year, and she is very pretty, in my opinion. The DVD I bought also features a duel between Willy Rozier (director) and a film critic who had criticised Marie Dea's performance. I had no idea people were still fighting duels (not to the death) as late as 1950!


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