Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

Henri-Georges Clouzot directs Louis Jouvet, Bernard Blier and Suzy Delair in this crime farce where a music hall couple and their neighbour all become implicated in the murder of a rich lech.

Hardboiled but with unnecessary lurches into light comedy. At its best (the long sequence when the sad sack husband orchestrates a detailed alibi on his way to commit his crime) it matches Hitchcock. With a sympathetic lesbian support character and general bawdiness this works fine when it is being frank and adult. The sillier moments hold it back.


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