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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Simenon On Screen (3) - Curiosity about some unknown titles - List three

Editor's Note: This is a frivolous exercise. There have been dozens of films made adapting the novels of Georges Simenon to film. There are websites which attempt to list them all. These posts are just my own selections of Simenon adaptations I'd like to see. 

L’Homme de Londres
Henri Decoin, France, 1943
Dialogue, Charles Exbrayat
Photography Paul Coteret
Based on “L’Homme de Londres”, Fayard, 1933

The first of at least four film versions of this story. The most recent of the four is the version by Hungarian director Bela Tarr (France, 2008) which features an elaborate single shot sequence to open the film. One adaptation, Temptation Harbour (Lance Comfort, UK, 1947) reverses the situation and has the thief fleeing from France to England.

Cast
Fernand Ledoux (Louis Maloin), Jules Berry (Johnny Brown), Suzy Prim (Camélia), Héléna Manson (Mme Maloin), Blanche Montel (Mme Brown), Jean Brochard (l'inspecteur Molisson), Mony Damès (Henriette Maloin), René Génin (Maëmec), Gaston Modot (Teddy Baxter), René Bergeron (Auguste), Marcelle Monthil (Rose), Alexandre Rignault (Keridan), Marcel Delaître (Lion), Made Siame (la patronne de l'hôtel), Nila Cara (la chanteuse).

La Maison des sept jeunes filles
Albert Valentin, France, 1942  
Script by Jacques Viot and Maurice Blondeau
Dialogue by Charles Spaak.
Photography by Jean Bachelet.
Adapted from “La Maison des Sept Jeunes Filles, Gallimard, 1941
                 
Cast
André Brunot (M. Adelin), Jean Tissier (M. Rorive), Jean Paqui (Gérard de Boïldieu), Jean Rigaux (Fernando), Marguerite Deval (Mme de Boïldieu), René Bergeron (l'huissier), Paul Demange, Paul Faivre, Georges Jamin, Guy Sioux. Et les sept jeunes filles : Gaby Andreu (Rolande), Geneviève Beau (Elisabeth), Jacqueline Bouvier (Coco), Josette Daydé (Huguette), Solange Delporte (Clotilde), Marianne Hardy (Roberte) et Primerose Perret (Mimi).

Midnight Episode
Gordon Parry, UK, 1950.
Script by Rita Barriss, Reeve Taylor, Paul Vincent-Caroll, David Evans and William Templeton
Adapted from “Monsieur la souris”, Gallimard, 1938

Cast:
Stanley Holloway (Professor Prince), Leslie Dwyer (Albert), Reginald Tate (l'inspecteur Lucas), Meredith Edwards (Sergent Tate), Wilfried Hyde-White (Mr. Knight), Jœ Shelton (Mrs. Arnold), Natasha Parry (Jill Harris), Raymond Young (Miller), Leslie Per













Monsieur La Souris
 Georges Lacombe, France, 1942.
Adaptation and dialogue by Marcel Achard
Photography by Victor Armenise.
Adapted from “Monsieur la Souris”, Gallimard, 1938
                 
Cast:
Raimu (M. La Souris), Aimé Clariond (Simon Negretti), Charles Granval (M. Laborde), Micheline Francey (Lucille Boisvin), Aimos (Cupidon), Pierre Jourdan (Frédéric Muller), Gilbert Gil (Christian Osting), Marie Carlot (Dora), Paul Amiot (le commissaire Lucas), René Bergeron (l'inspecteur Lognon), Emile Genevois (Emile, le chasseur), Marcel Melrac (Jim), Jo Dervo (Fred), Made Siame (la grosse dame), Paul Demange (le mari de la grosse dame), Paule Langeais (la jeune femme), Fernand Le Fort (le garçon de café), Madhyanah Foy, Georges Gosset, Max Dorin, Fernand Flament.

La Mort de Belle
Edouard Molinaro, France, 1960.
Adaptation by Jean Anouilh and Edouard Molinaro.
Dialogue by Jean Anouilh.
Photography by Jean-Louis Picavet.
Adapted from “La Mort de Belle” Presses de la Cité, 1952

Cast:

Jean Desailly (Stéphane Blanchon), Monique Mélinand (Christiane Blanchon, sa femme), Alexandra Stewart (Belle), Jacques Monod (le juge d'instruction Beckman), Yvette Etiévant (Alice, sa secrétaire), Marc Cassot (l'inspecteur), Yves Robert (le barman), Van Doude (le professeur Lewis), Christian Lude (le docteur), Maurice Teynac (le poivrot), Luisa Colpeyn (la mère de Belle), Georges Hubert.


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