A marriage that has fallen on hard times is further tested by the couple's implication in a murder. Jenny Lamour (Suzy Delair) is a music hall chanteuse married to her pianist husband Maurice (Bernard Blier). Keen to get ahead, Jenny leaps at the chance when an ageing wealthy businessman (Charles Dullin) offers her the chance of some gigs. However, when she agrees to a meeting at his home and he is found dead later in the evening - Maurice's untamed jealousy is in the frame. A Maigret-esque detective, Antoine, played by Louis Jouvet leaves no stone unturned in his exceedingly private investigations of the down-at-heel showbiz couple's sad, tempestuous life. 'Quai des Orfevres' was Henri-Georges Clouzot s first film in four years. He had been banned from film making following the controversy surrounding the release Le Corbeau.
Crime thriller [restored black & white subtitled French film]
- Quai des Orfèvres review by GS
Jealousy, music halls, murder, feverish police interrogations, Hitchcockian twists and turns; apparently amoral at first glance, yet very contemporary in its nods towards a sympathetic lesbian and a policeman unashamedly proud of his mixed-race child.
Wonderfully restored Blu-ray version.
The director's other films are worth pursuing, especially the nail-biter of all nail-biters - "The Wages of Fear".
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Terrific, very enjoyable
- Quai des Orfèvres review by MR
Agree with the other reviewer, super actors, music hall, police procedural, everyone smoking all the time - what more could you want. Very sharp and very enjoyable. I also agree about the other films, and would suggest 'Les Diaboliques', extremely good.