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The London Man (1943)

L'homme de Londres (original title)
"There are two roads: the wide one leads to perdition,the narrow one is not easy to follow,but it leads to happiness"

Director:

Henri Decoin

Writers:

Henri Decoin (adaptation), Charles Exbrayat (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fernand Ledoux ... Maloin
Suzy Prim ... Camélia
Jules Berry ... Brown
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Henriette Maloin (as Mony Dalmès sociétaire de la Comedie Française)
Blanche Montel ... Madame Brown
René Génin René Génin ... Maënnec
Made Siamé Made Siamé ... La patronne
Marcelle Monthil ... Rose
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Auguste (as Bergeron)
Gaston Modot ... Teddy
Alexandre Rignault ... Keridan
Jean Brochard ... L'inspecteur Mollison
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Julie Malouin
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Maloin has been working all his life for 2,500 measly Francs a month.One day he finds a case full of money ,after watching a gangland killing."I 'd have to work a hundred years to make that!"he says.He could send his son to "Polytechnique" ,he could take his wife to the Riviera.He could escape from the third-rate position he holds in the harbor.He could leave behind his mean brother-in-law who's wearing suit and tie and is working in a bank (and thinks he's got it made).But Maloin has an uneasy conscience .His colleague always reads some pages of the good book before going to sleep. Written by dbdumonteil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 October 1943 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Человек из Лондона See more »

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Production Co:

S.P.D.F. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Version of The Man from London (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

L'Aventure Aime la Nuit
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Nila Cara
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Adventure likes darkness
27 October 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

One of the 30 (or 31 depending on whom you ask) produced by the Continental German firm during the occupation days in France ;the most prominent example is HG Clouzot's "le Corbeau" .

Why such a title? (Man from London) at a time when the German censorship was adamant: no hints at England !It was the reason why "L Assassin Habite au 21" was filmed in Paris whereas the novel took place in London! All that is "English" is the weakest link in Decoin's movie: the so-called English (Detective Mollison,Mr and Mrs Brown,Teddy) do not sound English at all,besides they never say a single word in their would be first language.The censorship was probably satisfied:anyway they could have called the film 'the man from Paris" ,the man in question being very Parisian Jules Berry.

But the movie is an exceptionally good film noir .A foggy atmosphere recalling Marcel Carné's "Quai des Brumes" (1938),a chanteuse wailing "Adventure likes Darkness...",and a Gabinesque character masterfully played by Fernand Ledoux.

Maloin has been working all his life for 2,500 measly Francs a month.One day he finds a case full of dough ,after watching a gangland killing."I 'd have to work a hundred years to make that!"he says.He could send his son to "Polytechnique" ,he could take his wife to the Côte d'Azur.He could escape from the third-rate position he holds in the harbor.He could leave behind his mean brother-in-law who's wearing suit and tie and is working in a bank (and thinks he's got it made).

But Maloin has an uneasy conscience:the film begins with lines of the Bible : "there are two roads: the wide one leads to perdition,the narrow one is not easy to follow,but it leads to happiness".His colleague always reads some pages of the good book before going to sleep.

A desperate movie,where man finds it hard to make ends meet ,but where you meet wistful prostitutes called Camelia in the low dives and generous human beings: the owner of the hotel,who does not want any money from Mrs Brown,the detective who tries to help the sinner.Decoin's follow-ups "La Fille du Diable" and "Non Coupable" won't feature such characters.Only darkness.


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