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120, rue de la Gare (1946)

Everytime you utter these words "120,Rue De La Gare" you stand in great danger of being shot down.


Léo Malet (novel), Jacques Daniel-Norman (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
René Dary ... Nestor 'Dynamite' Burma
Jean Parédès Jean Parédès ... Marc Covet
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Bébert (as Dinan)
Jean Thielment Jean Thielment ... Kimura (as Jean Tielment)
Pierre Juvenet Pierre Juvenet ... M. Montbrison
Jean Heuzé Jean Heuzé ... Gérard Lafalaise
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary ... Bob Colomer
Jean Clarens Jean Clarens ... L'inspecteur Faroux
Géo Leroy Géo Leroy ... Paul Carhaix
Charles Lemontier Charles Lemontier ... L'inspecteur Bertin (as Ch. Lemontier)
Georges Paulais Georges Paulais ... L'inspecteur Thomas (as Paulais) (as Paulais)
Daniel Mendaille ... Georges Parry (as D. Mendaille)
Gaby André ... Suzanne Parmentier (as Gaby Andreu)
Sophie Desmarets ... Hélène Chatelain


The story is built around a conspiracy about an heritage ,full of riddles ("my dad wrote me I had to remember my childhood to discover the place where the legacy is hidden -jewels-).A mortal place ,for ,everytime you utter these words "120,Rue De LA Gare" you stand in great danger of being shot down.Detective Burma ,with a little help from his secretary,Helene, and journalist Covet ,eventually finds the mysterious place,thanks to a puppet. Written by dbdumonteil

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Crime | Drama







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6 February 1946 (France) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The hyper-active dick
29 April 2015 | by didierfortSee all my reviews

I'm talking of the private eye Nestor Burma, played by René Dary, who shows muscles, nerves and brains.

In the immediate post-war, French attendances were thirsty for detective stories and thrillers Hollywood-like. This one, directed by Jacques Daniel-Norman and based on a Léo Malet's novel, was trying to fill the gap. Sophie Desmarets is in it, funny and gorgeous. And her performance must have made its mark on writer Léo Malet's mind, since he never missed an opportunity to give homage to her in his following novels.

In what was probably meant as 'American style', the editing is quite frantic, and if talkative, the movie is at the same time packed with action. It blends fun, violence, dark moments and light romance.

I can't see why the movie is so poorly noted on IMDb. Is it that viewers didn't approve this Burma version? But Dary was no less Nestor Burma than were Michel Serrault or even Guy Marchand in the French TV series. And the movie, after all, had the approbation of Léo Malet.

Really, if you have the opportunity, give its chance to this rarity, you won't regret it.


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