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Dragnet Night (1931)

Un soir de rafle (original title)
A sailor, who meets a lovely music hall singer during a police raid, falls in love. In a contest at a fair, he defeats a former boxing champ. The ex-champ trains the sailor to become a ... See full summary »

Director:

Carmine Gallone

Writers:

Henri-Georges Clouzot (adaptation), Henri Decoin | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Albert Préjean ... Georget dit Battling Georget
Lucien Baroux ... Le Baron Stanislas
Edith Méra ... Yvonne
Jacques Lerner Jacques Lerner ... Fred (as Lerner)
Annabella ... Mariette
Constant Rémy ... Charly Stick
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A sailor, who meets a lovely music hall singer during a police raid, falls in love. In a contest at a fair, he defeats a former boxing champ. The ex-champ trains the sailor to become a boxer. After he wins the French championship, the sailor is swayed by easy money and a sultry coquette. The singer goes on a singing tour, and the sailor falls into decadence. He enters the European championship spiritually empty and in bad condition. Written by rkoltnow

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Dramatic French Screen Hit!

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 July 1931 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Raid See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Osso See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The first French talkie in India supported with English titles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La joie de vivre: Henri Decoin (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Si l'on ne s'était pas connu
Paroles de Léo Lelièvre
Musique de Philippe Parès & Georges Van Parys
Création Albert Préjean
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An old story told well
26 March 2019 | by pscamp01See all my reviews

Dragnet Night is an early French talkie primarily known today as being one of the first movies written by Henri-Georges Clouzot, who would go on to create such classics as Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques. It is the story of Georget, a recently discharged soldier who quickly acquires a girlfriend and a career as a boxer. Can he hold on to both, or are the two mutually exclusive? It's a common story and i suspect it was an old one even in 1931, but this time around it is told with considerable charm. As it is an early talkie, the movie does seem a little creaky at times, but it mostly zips along, with lots of shots that wryly comment on the action. The cast is extremely fine, with both Albert Prejean and Annabella giving engaging performances. I particularly enjoyed bit player Jacques Lerner, who must have started in show business as a clown and who found lots of ways to include small comedic bits to incorporate into his role as assistant trainer.


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