Man on the Eiffel Tower, The

Date: 1948
Director: Burgess Meredith, Irving Allen, Charles Laughton
Production Company: A&T Film Production (Allen-Tone), Gray-Film

Stars: Charles Laughton, Franchott Tone, Wilfrid Hyde White, Patricia Roc.
Location(s): Paris (France)

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Storyline:

A Maigret thriller set in a rich selection of Parisian locations.

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Now that's what we like, a clue to the locations.

Foot of the Eiffel Tower.

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An excellent match here: Annabel Church and Joe Steadman with thanks. SJ

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A narrow Paris alley. The colour in this film has deteriorated quite badly.

Slightly curious building in the background with a tower or turret apparently attached.

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It's the famous church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, opposite the Cafe' des Deux Magots, as shown. Google Steetview image. Loz Park's immediate response.

Another still gives a good clue. Extra shot submitted by Loz Park.

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Loz also found a comparative shot on Google. Splendid.

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Arc de Triumph, or one of the others? Arc de Triomphe says Jon Friend. (RL)

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Same arch, mebbee.

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Wonder if that tall skinny building is still there. Is that a wood pile on the left?

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This is a continuation of the scene. Nice wall, or is it a wood pile?

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...and, apparently, just round the corner.

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The perp's house.

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Better view.

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One of the bridges. Specifically, Jon Friend advises, Pont Alexandre lll. (RL)

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Nice lion, but it's not MGM, nor Trafalgar Square. Lion of Belfort, Place Denfert-Rochereau also spotted by Jon. (RL)

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Old and new (then) blocks of flats, the Eiffel Tower and a WW11 Panzer. Could we be near the Place d'Invalides, the French war museum?

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A bit to the right, same appartments, and a row of gun barrels.

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Continuing to the right.

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....to the front gate of......

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Inside the gates, inside the "complex".

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Inside.

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....and the cops approach. Les Flic in my day. Jon places this as Palais Royale. (RL)

Is that the Maid of Orleans, Joan of Arc with the Oriflamme?

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Sure is! Statue of Joan of Arc at the Place des Pyramides, looking toward the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Pic provided by John Donaldson.

Another bridge, this time with a sphinx.

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Tuileries Gardens from picture met014, with the Sphinx on the wall, at the corner of Quai des Tuileries and the Avenue du General Lemonnier, seen from the bridge “ Pont Royal”. John Donalson

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Seine side.

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Another view.

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.......and over the wall, Seine promenade.

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......a quick stumble.

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...but the cops are close behind, or at least one of them. Could almost be Bogey in that hat and raincoat.

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Refuge at last, he thinks.

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...but no, "Bogey" is in hot persuit.

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Over the wall again.

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...and off down river. Is that the same bridge as in 001? A "statue of Liberty" adorns the central "island".

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....up the steps towards the bridge.

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Top of the steps, bridge approach.

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"Liberty" bridge.

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But the cops are closing in.

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.....middle of the bridge. Jon Friend tells us that the copy of the Statue of Liberty is on Pont de Grennelle. Frédéric Bartholdi sculpted both the Statue of Liberty and the Lion de Belfort in Capture 14 (RL)

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More cops, les flics.

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Will 'e jump? Won't 'e jump? Good background appartment block.

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....and jump 'e does.

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...and swims, perhaps downstream, to emerge at another bridge.

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An earlier shot says Ministry of Justice.

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Panning down.

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The front gates.

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Front steps.

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Yet another bridge...and yes, with actor in shot. That rounded hunched figure cen tre screen, is Charles Laughton.

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Panning left, and our Charles again, lower right between the cab of the lorry and the white coated man.

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There's a clue, or two, somewhere in the picture.

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From where Inspector Maigret proceeds.

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Back to the "Two Hoards", "The Two Treasure Troves", cafe'.

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...and the church that Loz Park has already found.

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Side of a supposed police station.

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A Paris street.

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A chemist's shop.

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....at the junction of two streets.

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Is this Monmarte with Sacre Coeur in the background?

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A tunnel?

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62 La Treille. Is this a useful clue or a rouge herring?

A statue, a lady with a lamp or a bunch of flowers? The sign on the right seems to read LOTw8.

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Place de la République, east side of Paris, the statue lady being, of course, the symbol of the republic. John Donaldson. Copyright Wikipedia.

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Cobbled courtyard.

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George V, George sank, a lifetime schoolboy joke. One of the best hotels.

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George's front door, and one can just read the name.

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A choir leaving..... La Maddeleine? Palais Royale? Identified by Jon as the Palais de Justice. (RL)

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First in an assortment of views.... Sacre Cour, white, background.....

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.....on....Arc di Triomph in centre?

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......below.... The lady isn't selling shoe-ties, laces, but glaces, which aren't drinking, or optical, instruments, but a cold confection.

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....in.....

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.....within...

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.....or beside, the Eiffel Tower.

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The house where the dirty deeds were done.

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Palais de Justice? Prefecture de Police?

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...but the same place as 020.

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....but the roof line is different, 020 has spires.

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Someone will recognise those two towers. Is it Notre Dame? Charles Laughton was also there with the Hunchback....

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Hunchback Square?

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Obelisque

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Otherside of the square or place.

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Same fine building.

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That arch again, or is it a different one?

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George V again.

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George V once more.

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And a clearer name.

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Is this the "Lady Di" underpass?

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The exit.

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...and back to the ET.

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ET

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ET, reflected.

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ET's leg.

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A public garden, nearby? Montmartre and the Arc de Triomphe says Jon Friend. (RL)

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..and some rocky / artistic steps.