On Ne Meurt Pas Comme Ca (1946)

Genres - Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Whodunit  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Erich Von Stroheim is the principal attraction of the French melodrama On Ne Meurt pas Comme Ca. Von Stroheim is ideally cast as a tyrannical movie director, currently filming a murder mystery. While shooting a scene in which a character is poisoned, Von Stroheim complains that the actor's performance isn't realistic enough. Alas, his remonstrations fall upon deaf ears: the actor has really been poisoned! The rest of the film is a whodunit, with the "who" obvious to veteran filmgoers. The title translates as One Does Not Die That Way, which in context is grimly amusing.