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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Criterion Collection

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
Noël Roquevert
as Dr. Linz
Suzy Delair
as Mila Malou
Maximilienne
as 'Une vraie jeune fille'
Rene Genin
as Alfred, le vagabond
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Critic Reviews for L'assassin habite... au 21 (The Murderer Lives at Number 21)

All Critics (3)

Diverting serio-comic thriller.

Full Review… | April 9, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A curiously slaphappy whodunit

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
CinePassion

...routine and banal...

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
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Audience Reviews for L'assassin habite... au 21 (The Murderer Lives at Number 21)

A charmingly superb French detective film, with originality and vigor. The scenario eventually takes place in a boardinghouse, where several of the house guests find themselves standing among the clever serial killer, Monsieur Durand. The seemingly obvious choices prove wrong, and the film unveils a very interesting ploy at its conclusion. Rich with an interesting plot, intriguing characters, and an original ending, 'L'assassin habite au 21' still remains one of the better French mystery thrillers 70 years later and counting...

Branden William
Branden William

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