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Un témoin dans la ville (1959)

Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by ... See full summary »

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Édouard Molinaro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Ancelin
Sandra Milo ... Liliane
Franco Fabrizi ... Lambert - le radio-taxi de nuit (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Pierre Verdier
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Le client du taxi italien
Robert Dalban ... Raymond - un chauffeur de taxi
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Le loueur de voitures
Micheline Luccioni ... Germaine - une radio taxi
Ginette Pigeon Ginette Pigeon ... Muriel - la prostituée
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ... La propriétaire de l'hôtel
Françoise Brion ... Jeanne Ancelin
Geneviève Cluny Geneviève Cluny ... La speakerine
Joëlle Janin Joëlle Janin ... Une standardiste
Nicole Alexandra Nicole Alexandra ... Une standardiste
Claire Nicole Claire Nicole ... Une standardiste
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Industrialist Pierre Verdier kills his mistress Jeanne Ancelin by throwing her off a train. Her husband, Ancelin, decides to take revenge on his wife's murderer, who has been acquitted by justice. He waits for him in his house and hangs him. He leaves the place unseen, at least this is what he thinks. But unfortunately for him, Lambert, a taxi driver has witnessed him. Ancelin has no option but to get rid of him... Written by Guy Bellinger

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 May 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Witness in the City See more »

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Mono
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French visa # 21311 delivered on 27-4-1959. See more »

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Referenced in 'El Chicko' - der Verdacht (1996) See more »

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Complainte Du Chauffeur
Written by Barney Wilen
Performed by Barney Wilen Quintet
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the wondrous Lino Ventura plays the bad guy
11 March 2015 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is an unusual French film from 1959, in that the wondrous Lino Ventura plays the bad guy and the 'Radio Taxi' outfit seem to play the police. Whilst this is a French homage to the US film noir, it still is very much its own with plenty of cafe stops, great night shots of Paris and perhaps unwisely and emphasis on humour rather than hard edged action, although there is some of that too. Always engaging, we see the immaculately organised Ventura do the dirty and then incredulously see him struggle to tie up one unfortunate loose end. I didn't feel that Ventura was comfortable as the baddie and he was not as convincing as he should have been so perhaps this is why his failings are almost treated as jokes. Uneven but certainly has some great moments and if the zoo scenes, at the end,don't quite work as well as they should, the absolute finale is a cracker.


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