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

Quai des Orfevres

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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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Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) sings in a music hall in postwar Paris, accompanied by her husband, Maurice Martineau (Bernard Blier), on piano. When Martineau notices his wife flirting with an older businessman named Georges Brignon, he follows her to Brignon's house with the intent to kill him. At the house, Brignon is found murdered -- but by someone else. Inspector Antoine (Louis Jouvet) conducts an investigation that implicates Martineau, whose planned alibi comes loose.

Cast & Crew

Louis Jouvet
L'inspecteur adjoint Antoine
Bernard Blier
Maurice Martineau
Suzy Delair
Marguerite Chauffournier Martineau, aka Jenny Lamour
Pierre Larquey
Emile Lafour
Simone Renant
Dora Monier
Charles Dullin
Georges Brignon
Charles Blavette
Le gendarme Poitevin
Roger De Venloo
Producer
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Critic Reviews for Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour)

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  • 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…

    Variety Staff

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

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Terrifically entertaining.

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

    Ty Burr

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

    April 17, 2003 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • For those with a taste for classic movies, it's like finding a buried treasure.

    February 28, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

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

  • Dec 12, 2015
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2011
    Beautifully photographed noir from master Clouzot with a perfect balance of farce and post-war social criticism.
    Matheus C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2008
    Maybe not as thrilling as some of Clouzot's other films but a fine film nonetheless. One downside is it takes a while to get going, only really doing so once Louis Jouvet's police detective enters the picture. The secondary characters are more impressive than the leads, such as the already mentioned Jouvet and Simone Renant, who's character displays some quite blatant sexuality for the time.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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