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Ouvert contre X... (1952)

A wealthy financier is murdered in his desirable mansion.Two lieutenants,a tough guy and a rookie,investigate.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yves Deniaud ...
Inspecteur-chef Bonnardel
Catherine Villard
Yves Vincent ...
Inspecteur Richard
Me Landry (as Jean Debuourt Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Marcel André ...
Le docteur
Le juge ferrand
La détenue-manucure
Henri Nassiet ...
Le financier Paul Dorgères
María Riquelme ...
Etiennette, la concierge
Guy Decomble ...
Le concierge
Inspecteur Sylvestre
Olivier Hussenot
Jean Barrère ...
Charles Vissières ...
Le détective
Marcel Delaître ...
Le commissaire


A wealthy financier is murdered in his desirable mansion.Two lieutenants,a tough guy and a rookie,investigate.After questioning the servants and his partner in an African cotton plant,they learn that the victim's mistress has escaped to Marseille to meet a young man.Although she claims she's just broken with her lover,she's the main suspect: charged with murder, she's imprisoned.But the young detective is not convinced:a button was found near the dead body,and this may be a vital clue. Written by dbdumonteil

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Crime | Drama | Thriller





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11 June 1952 (France)  »

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Ouvert contre X  »

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superb dialogues by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon
19 October 2017 | by (France) – See all my reviews

The story is an investigation on a murder. From the beginning, the dialogues are very strong and punchy for every character, but especially for the policemen, and very especially for Yves Deniaud, so funny, just love him. And the director seems to have fun directing his actors with such caustic dialogues. The punchy dialogues by M.G. Sauvajon makes me think of dialogues by Michel Audiard. We even hear an expression used by de Gaulle during may 1968 and used the same year by Audiard for the title of his movie. I strongly recommend "Ouvert Contre X..." so entertaining.

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