Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1948) - Rotten Tomatoes

Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)1948

Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) (1948)

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Critic Consensus: Henri-Georges Clouzot's engrossing noir explores the troubles of post-war France and the line dividing social struggle and criminality.

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In this thriller, two miserable lovers inadvertently find themselves involved in a creepy film producer's murder that occurred when the lascivious fellow made a pass at the woman. To stop him, she crashed a champagne bottle over his head and kills him. Her lover rushes in as he too, wanted to kill the producer. During the police investigation, the man considered a suspect until his girlfriend tells all to the cops. Later it is discovered that neither are guilty. The producer was really killed by a gangster.

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Cast

Louis Jouvet
as Inspector Antoine
Suzy Delair
as Jenny Lamour
Bernard Blier
as Maurice Martineau
Charles Dullin
as Brignon the Industrialist
René Blancard
as Police Commissioner
Pierre Larquey
as Taxi driver
Robert Dalban
as Paulo, a Vagrant
Jeanne Fusier-Gir
as Hat check girl
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Critic Reviews for Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

Clouzot is able to reveal a complex and interactive working-class world in which cops and criminals are sometimes difficult to tell apart.

April 20, 2009 | Full Review…

Direction by Henri-Georges Clouzot takes full advantage of every possible opportunity to bring out character and manages to keep the tempo at a fast clip all the time.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Jouvet's Maigret-esque cop gets all the best lines, and gives the film its human, tragic focus.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a film well worth reviving, admiring and applauding.

May 29, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Terrifically entertaining.

April 18, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An elegant show-biz noir that weaves an intricate web of deception and intrigue.

April 17, 2003 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)

Even for a more commercial effort, Clouzot lends his unique style and voice to a well-written and exquisitely-directed crime story that has great touches of humor and some very delightful performances by Delair and Jouvet (who is hilarious and gets the best lines).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Beautifully photographed noir from master Clouzot with a perfect balance of farce and post-war social criticism.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

one of the most remarkable screenplays of any film ive seen. the details of the story are complex, but simply told and without missteps. clouzot deserves far more respect than he receives in the U.S., and this film simply adds to his legacy of astoundingly good suspense and horror films. blier was fantastic, and even the supporting players in smaller roles such as larquey as the cab driver deliver very solid performances. the ending is the best part, as it was unexpected even for clouzot, a director who is great with unexpected endings. great film.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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