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Cat and Mouse (1975)

Le chat et la souris (original title)
A very unorthodox police inspector is assigned to investigate a millionaire's mysterious death.


Claude Lelouch


Claude Lelouch


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Credited cast:
Michèle Morgan ... Madame Richard
Serge Reggiani ... Lechat
Philippe Léotard ... Pierre Chemin
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Monsieur Richard
Valérie Lagrange ... Manuelle
Michel Peyrelon Michel Peyrelon ... Germain
Christine Laurent Christine Laurent ... Christine
Philippe Labro Philippe Labro ... Philippe Lacombe
Jacques François ... Le préfet de police
Arlette Emmery Arlette Emmery ... Rose
Jean Mermet Jean Mermet ... Un domestique
Anne Libert ... Anne
Judith Magre ... Le dame au petit chien
Yves Afonso ... William Daube - le gauchiste
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Berard Jack Berard ... Le policier balistique


A very unorthodox police inspector is assigned to investigate a millionaire's mysterious death.

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A man, a woman, a murder as only Lelouch could do it.


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

3 September 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cat and Mouse See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13 See more »
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Technical Specs

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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References Emmanuelle (1974) See more »

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Lecat et la Souris...
1 March 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A rich bourgeois has died:is it suicide or murder?As he cheated on his wife ,and was about to divorce from her,the lady (Michèle Morgan) is the main suspect.

Claude Lelouch,who is ,at least to my eyes, a minor French director ,is at his best when he tries his hand at light thrillers or comedies ."Le Chat et la Souris" recalls "le Voyou" ,with its construction which looks like a puzzle ,its screenplay "à Tiroirs" and even the movie in the movie trick .Lelouch really plays cat and mouse with the audience as Detective Lechat (sic)(Regggiani) does with his still attractive suspect (or is it the other way about?).

There are plenty of funny scenes and some witty lines ("you see this distinguished lady riding a motorbike?");and the nail in the Rum Baba in the chic restaurant is a good idea to provide the detective with the final clue (so to speak,for "nail" is "clou" in French).

Objections: there are not enough scenes where Reggiani and Morgan are together ,and the scenes of the detective's private life (and his assistant's ,played by Philippe Leotard)get in the way.

This film accounts for the difference between Lelouch's world and ,say ,Chabrol's. The latter ,in his best works ,ferociously attacks the bourgeoisie.Lelouch,on the other hand ,makes sure the bourgeois moral is intact.Thou shalt not covet other people's possession.

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