The Murderer Lives At Number 21

  • 1942
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Mystery

A killer is running amok and Fresnay is the detective out to stop the crimes. The killer's trademark is to leave a calling card on each victim, enabling Fresnay to trace the murderer to a boardinghouse. He goes undercover as a minister in order to get closer to the residents, a collection of seedy characters, any one of whom could easily be the killer....read more

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A killer is running amok and Fresnay is the detective out to stop the crimes. The killer's trademark is to leave a calling card on each victim, enabling Fresnay to trace the murderer to a boardinghouse. He goes undercover as a minister in order to get closer to the residents, a collection

of seedy characters, any one of whom could easily be the killer. An arrest is made but the killings continue, with similar patterns recurring in each crime. Fresnay finally figures out that the killer is really a team of three men out on a homicidal lark. Some pretty funny situations and a nice

sense of suspense are maintained throughout the film. Though Fresnay underplays a bit more than necessary, he's compensated for by a lively supporting cast. As with so many foreign films, the American version was somewhat dampened by a semi-censored subtitle translation. (In French; English

subtitles.)

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