Minuit ... Quai De Bercy (1952)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film, Whodunit  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Minuit... Quai De Bercy gets off to a violent start when a gorgeous concierge (Lysiane Rey) is knifed to death. Since the girl made an enemy of everyone she ever met, there's no shortage of suspects. Police inspector Kieffer (Erich von Stroheim), who despite his surly demeanor is the soul of compassion, tries to ferret out enough clues to identify the guilty party. He is "helped" by amateur female detective Irene (Madeleine Robinson), who's not as scatterbrained as she seems. When asked why he spoke his lines in French films slower than his dialogue in English-speaking films, Erich von Stroheim replied "It keeps me on the screen longer."