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The Strangers in the House (film)

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Music director  Alexis Roland-Manuel
Genres  Drama, Crime Fiction
Language  French
Director  Henri Decoin
Produced by  Continental Films
Country  France
The Strangers in the House (film) movie poster
Writer  Henri-Georges Clouzot, Georges Simenon, The Strangers in the House
Release date  May 16, 1941 (1941-05-16)
Cast  Raimu, Marcel Mouloudji, Noel Roquevert, Martine Carol, Daniel Gelin
Similar movies  Raimu movies, Story by Georges Simenon, France movies

The Strangers in the House (Les Inconnus dans la maison) is a 1942 French drama film by Henri Decoin after the novel by the same name published by Georges Simenon in 1940.



Hector Loursat, attorney at law, lives with his daughter Nicole in a vast and shabby mansion in this provincial town. They dont talk to each other much, somehow holding the other one responsible for the situation: Hector Loursat used to be one of the great attorneys until his wife left him for another man eighteen years ago. He has been drinking ever since, and given up living altogether, intoxicated every night. Hector did not care much about his daughter, who was brought up by Fine, the old woman servant in the house.

One night, gunshots are heard upstairs in the house and Hector spots a shadow running away. Hector goes upstairs with Nicole and finds a dead man lying on an old bed in the attic. The police arrives and investigates. Hector soon finds out his daughter has a kind of secret life with a band of young idle bourgeois from the town: they have regular meetings in the attic.

The police soon finds out the dead man is called Gros Louis, with a criminal record. Nicole and her friends are being interrogated by the police. But how is Gros Louis linked to the group? They find out the band of young idle bourgeois have set up in between them a sort of pact, a theft competition which started by stealing a ballpoint or a lighter, and was amplified by boredom up to grand theft auto. They turned delinquants by ennui. The police also finds out that one of them, Emile, is Nicole's boyfriend. Did he kill Gros Louis by jealousy? Emile is suspected, and arrested. In jail, Emile asks Hector Loursat to be his attorney. Hector, scenting a miscarriage of justice, accepts to be his defense attorney.

Now is the third act, the trial. The prosecution produces many witnesses of good faith, all bourgeois parents of good faith. Hector Loursat does not bulge, has no questions to asks the witnesses, doesnt seem to be there altogether, to the point where people, and his daughter among them, wonder, with awe, if he is not still drinking. But when finally Hector Loursat stands up and speaks, everyone is bewildered by his speech and strategy. First he does not want any defense witnesses, but wants all the prosecution witnesses to come back to the stand, and accuses all them of being responsible for the boredom of the town, responsible for the boredom and nonsense and stupid behavior of their young ones, then singles out that only one girl - his own daughter, Nicole - was in the group, and, by asking each of the young men, that every one of them was in love with her, except one, Luska. Hector Loursat soon proves Luska was the one most in love with Nicole, that he found out Emile was Nicole's boyfriend, and that he killed Gros Louis to have Emile accused, moved aside and framed. At this rate, Luska cracks up, and is arrested. Nicole falls into her father's arms.


  • Raimu : Hector Loursat
  • André Reybaz as Émile Manu
  • Tania Fédor as Marthe Dossin
  • Héléna Manson as Mme Manu
  • Gabrielle Fontan as Fine, the old maid
  • Marcel Mouloudji as Amédée or Ephraïm Luska (Marcel Mouloudjy)
  • Noël Roquevert as commissaire Alfred Binet
  • Jacques Grétillat as court president
  • Martine Carol as a court spectator (uncredited)
  • Jean Négroni
  • Daniel Gélin
  • Marguerite Ducouret as Angèle, the cook
  • Lucien Coëdel as the bar tenant
  • Marc Doelnitz as Edmond Dossin
  • Juliette Faber as Nicole Loursat
  • Jacques Baumer as the attorney Rogissart
  • Génia Vaury as Mme Laurence Rogissart
  • Jean Tissier as judge Ducup
  • Raymond Cordy as a huissier
  • Lucien Bryonne as a police officer
  • Fernand Flament as a police officer
  • Paul Barge as prison gard (uncredited)
  • Langlois as uncle Daillat (uncredited)
  • Henri Delivry
  • Jacques Denoël
  • Lise Donat
  • Franck Maurice
  • Bernard Noël
  • Claire Olivier
  • Max Révol
  • Pierre Ringel
  • Yvonne Scheffer
  • Simone Sylvestre
  • Charles Vissières
  • Pierre Fresnay : narrator
  • References

    The Strangers in the House (film) Wikipedia