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L'assassin habite... au 21 (The Murderer Lives at Number 21) (1942)

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Director Henri-Georges Clouzot's maiden feature-length effort was the intricate mystery thriller The Murderer Lives at Number 21 (L'Assassin habite au 21). Businesslike homicide detective Wens (Pierre Fresnay) goes on the prowl for a methodical mass murderer, who seemingly manages to be everywhere at once. Following a confusing trail of clues to a seedy boarding house, Wens disguises himself as a clergyman in order to gain the confidence of the boarders, hoping that one of them will make "that fatal slip." All of the boarders are eventually taken into custody, only to be released when the murders continue unabated. Wens cracks the case when he figures out that the seemingly contradictory clues are the by-product of a bizarre conspiracy. Filmed in 1942 under wartime conditions, The Murderer Lives at Number 21 was finally released in the U.S. five years later. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Raymond Bussières
as Jean-Baptiste Turelot
Odette Talazac
as Mrs. Point, la proprietaire
André Gabriello
as Sergent de ville
Jean Tissier
as Prof. Lalah Poor
Suzy Delair
as Mila Malou
Maximilienne
as 'Une vraie jeune fille'
Rene Genin
as Alfred, le vagabond
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Diverting serio-comic thriller.

April 10, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A curiously slaphappy whodunit

May 5, 2011 | Full Review…

...routine and banal...

March 5, 2011 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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