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For his first French film in nearly a decade (he'd spent the war years in Hollywood), filmmaker [[Performer~P88534~Julien Duvivier~julienduvivier]] chose to adapt Les Fiançailles de Monsieur Hire, a novel by [[Performer~P198871~Georges Simenon~georgessimenon]]. Panique, as [[Performer~P88534~Duvivier~julienduvivier]]'s version was titled, is a twisted tale of murder, subterfuge and revenge from "Beyond." Middle-aged loner Monsieur Hire ([[Performer~P111571~Michel Simon~michelsimon]]) falls for his neighbor Alice (Viviane Romance) only to be framed for the murder commited by Alice's lover Alfred (Paul Bernard). The ending suggests that the actual culprits are going to get their well-deserved comeuppance, though exoneration comes a shade too late for the luckless Monsieur Hire. The Simenon book was filmed again in 1989, as the excellent [[Feature~V33143~Monsieur Hire~monsieurhire]], directed by [[Performer~P99108~Patrice Leconte~patriceleconte]], a film as bleakly pessimistic as the original, more in keeping with the style and tone of the literary source. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Michel Simon
as M. Hire
Viviane Romance
as Alice
Paul Bernard
as Alfred
Marcel Pérès
as Cermanutti
Charles Dorat
as Michelet
Emile Drain
as Breteuil
Guy Favieres
as M. Sauvage
Lucas Gridoux
as M. Fortin
Max Dalban
as Capoulade
Michel Ardan
as Fernand


Julien Duvivier
Julien Duvivier
Charles Spaak
Georges Simenon
Book Author
Jacques Ibert
Composer (Music Score)
Martha Poncin