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The Man on the Eiffel Tower

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1949
  • Burgess Meredith
  • 88 mins
  • PG

Summary

Legendary French detective Inspector Maigret applies his deductive powers to the task of ending a mad murderer's killing spree. Psychological drama, starring Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Robert Hutton and Burgess Meredith, also making his directing debut.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Charles Laughton stars as Inspector Maigret in a botched version of Georges Simenon's La Tête d'un Homme, with Franchot Tone as his fiendish and arrogant adversary. Burgess Meredith plays an impoverished knife-grinder and directed most of the picture, filmed in Paris with some difficulty using the untried Ansco Color process. Laughton directed some scenes, including the one in which Meredith turns burglar and comes upon two women stabbed to death in the bedroom. The film has some striking touches but never builds any real suspense.

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Credits

Cast

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Inspector MaigretCharles Laughton
Johann RadekFranchot Tone
Joseph HuertinBurgess Meredith
Bill KirbyRobert Hutton
Edna WallaceJean Wallace
Helen KirbyPatricia Roc
GisellaBelita
ComelieuGeorge Thorpe
Prof GrolletWilfrid Hyde White

Crew

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DirectorBurgess Meredith

Details

Theatrical distributor
Independent Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English | French
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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