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The Murderer Lives at Number 21

The Murderer Lives at Number 21

1942
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 24m
Dapper Inspector Vorobechik ('Wens' for short) is assigned the case of a serial killer who leaves a calling card on his victims; Monsieur Durand. Wens' mistress, struggling actress Mila Malou, determines to get publicity for herself by helping him. Learning that Durand is one of the eccentric tenants of a boarding house at No. 21 Avenue Junot, Wens takes a room in the guise of a Protestant minister; only to be followed by Mila who hardly seems like a minister's wife! (imdb)
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The Murderer Lives at Number 21

1942
Comedy
Suspense/Thriller
1h 24m
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Rated 12 Jul 2017
80
66th
Slow but good. Can see why they called him the French Hitchcock after watching this.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
60
39th
A good old-fashioned whodunnit. That includes just being a little bit hammy. Not as sophisticated as other Clouzot films but enjoyable nonetheless.
Rated 08 Jun 2016
85
87th
Funny, clever, and unpredictable.
Rated 25 Jul 2019
67
41st
Was surprised I actually laughed at this given the era
Rated 16 Oct 2013
76
53rd
76.000
Rated 07 Feb 2020
92
91st
Ceis não sabem o quanto AMO esses filmes franceses da ocupação dando martelada na cabeça dos nazis, a cena do jantar com o Fresnay recitando um trecho bem específico da bíblia me fez gozar num tanto que às vezes me sinto culpada por achar os melhores períodos dos cinemas mundiais os que estão sob repressão, primeiro porque os repressores são muito burros pois deixam passar uma óbvia crítica a eles, segundo porque é uma luz na escuridão pra quem tá assistindo. Box Obras-Primas
Rated 06 Mar 2017
78
63rd
A comedy noir that that succeeds in combining the thrilling with the humorous.
Rated 11 Sep 2012
79
63rd
79.000
Rated 28 Sep 2023
82
79th
A delightful surprise. The film doesn't have a huge reputation as far as I know and is overlooked among Clouzet's works, but it's underrated. The end is very satisfying and there's a very well placed red herring aimed at frequent mystery watchers that threw me off. The first person perspective shots of the murderer are good and pretty innovative for the time. The comedy is the weakest part, but it works without. Refreshingly unpredictable. Very good stuff.
Rated 24 Oct 2018
70
96th
Playful murder mystery from Henri-Georges Clouzot. Not too unlike those from Hollywood with a detective and a dizzy dame trying to solve a interesting case being thrown off-course a bunch of times before stumbling upon the solution. This one full of comic excellence in between creative murders. Such fun!
Rated 17 Feb 2013
72
76th
A kind of French version of the Thin Man series. A serial killer leaving his name at each murder is on the loose. Witty screwball dialogue and a decent mystery. The ending is a little disappointing, but not enough to ruin the fun.

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