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The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949)

Unrated | | Mystery, Thriller | 4 February 1950 (USA)
French police inspector Maigret investigates the murder of a rich Paris widow and ends up chasing the killer up the Eiffel Tower's girders.

Directors:

Burgess Meredith, Irving Allen (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Georges Simenon (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Laughton ... Inspector Jules Maigret
Franchot Tone ... Johann Radek
Burgess Meredith ... Joseph Heurtin
Robert Hutton ... Bill Kirby
Jean Wallace ... Edna Wallace
Patricia Roc ... Helen Kirby
Belita ... Gisella Heurtin
George Thorpe George Thorpe ... Comelieu
William Phipps ... Janvier
William Cottrell William Cottrell ... Moers
Chaz Chase ... Waiter
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Professor Grollet
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Storyline

In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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DIFFERENT from any picture you've ever seen!...A master-piece of suspense and action, whose every moment of high excitement was filmed IN COLOR. See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 February 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann vom Eiffelturm See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Irving Allen was the original director, but after only three days of shooting, Charles Laughton threatened to quit if Burgess Meredith did not take over. Laughton directed the scenes in which Meredith appeared. See more »

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When Maigret is reading the 'Letter to the Editor' about the escape, the position of his hands on the newspaper change between shots. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Jules Maigret: [to Johann Radek] By the way - there's one thing I'd like to know. Am I following you, or are you following me?
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In the opening credits, the "City of Paris" is given fifth billing as a star of the film. See more »

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Remake of La tête d'un homme (1933) See more »

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Interesting If Uneven Overall; Has An Exciting Finale
3 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The exciting finale is by far the best part of this movie, which is an adaptation of one of Georges Simenon's crime stories featuring Inspector Maigret. Most of the movie is rather uneven, although it does have some interesting moments. Except for Maigret, who is played by Charles Laughton, most of the characters never really come to life, which keeps the story from being as involving as it could have been.

The Parisian cinematography helps sustain it through some of its murkier stretches, and it is likely that it might have been more impressive visually in its original state. Most or all of the prints on home video or television airings now have most of the color washed out of them, giving it a drab appearance that probably does not do justice to the original camera work.

The story has some interesting features in itself, with a murder plot involving several persons in one capacity or other, and Maigret engaged in a battle of wits with the killer, leading up to the finale on the Eiffel Tower. This lengthy sequence features some well-chosen views, and at times they create a dizzying feeling of suspense. Director Burgess Meredith's technique is unexceptional in the rest of the movie, but in this sequence it works quite well, and of course it had to overcome the technical challenges involved without the aid of computer imagery.

Most of the movie is really of interest only for some scenery, the curiosity value, and perhaps for the cast, but the exciting finale makes up for a lot of its weaknesses. If nothing else, the finale is worth watching for its own sake.


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