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House on the Waterfront (1955)

Port du désir (original title)
Martine is searching for her sister that disappeared mysteriously. Lequévic agrees to help her.


Jacques Viot (screenplay and dialogue)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Le commandant Lequévic
Andrée Debar ... Martine
Henri Vidal ... Michel
Edith Georges Edith Georges ... Lola
Leopoldo Francés Leopoldo Francés ... Baba (as Leopoldo Frances)
René Sarvil René Sarvil ... L'aveugle (as Sarvil)
Gaby Basset Gaby Basset ... Madame Aimée
Jacques Dynam ... Le Meur
Gaston Orbal Gaston Orbal ... Rossignol (as Orbal)
Edmond Ardisson ... Le patron de la boîte (as Ardisson)
Mireille Ozy Mireille Ozy ... Gaby
Annette Maistre Annette Maistre ... Une entraîneuse
Yôko Tani ... Une entraîneuse
Raymond Blot Raymond Blot
Robert Berri Robert Berri ... Frédo, le malfrat


Martine is searching for her sister that disappeared mysteriously. Lequévic agrees to help her.

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Someting Sinful Was Happening In Every Room




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Release Date:

15 April 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

House on the Waterfront See more »

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Production Co:

Élysée Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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French censorship visa #15.182 See more »


Port du Désir
Music by Joseph Kosma (uncredited)
Lyrics by Edmond T. Gréville
Sung by Eric Amado
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A harbor named desire.(a misnomer)
27 August 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In spite of the title (harbor of desire) this is not really an erotic movie,although sequences take place in a brothel,with saucy lines for the time;and which is even bolder,the two young leads sleep together the night when they meet.

These are the only daring touches of a conventional work:the screenplay involves elements of melodrama -the young orphan maid searching her sister in the low dives ,the old seadog whose wife left and whose daughter became a whore,etc-,and film noir( smuggling,a dead body in a wreck).But the movie loses on both counts,because of the poor directing.

Cast includes Jean Gabin in a routine part,Andrée Debar and her almost "male" face -which was successfully used by Jacqueline Audry in "la garçonne" and "le secret du chevalier d'Eon" and Henri Vidal who sadly,was to die of a heart attack four years later.

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