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::1946 - Martin Roumagnac (The Room Upstairs)



France 1946
Alcina Production
black & white

Synopsis:
Absent from the screen since 1944's Kismet, the incomparable Marlene Dietrich returned in the French romantic melodrama Martin Roumagnac. La Dietrich is cast opposite Jean Gabin, here playing a small-town contractor with an eye for the ladies. He is entranced by Dietrich, a woman who's "been around" and who intends to remain in circulation even after trapping Gabin in her web. When Gabin figures out he's been had, the results are unexpectedly tragic. Martin Roumagnac was a second-choice project for Dietrich and Gabin, who'd originally been offered the leads in Marcel Carne's Les Portes de la Nuit, which frankly would have been a better vehicle for them. In America, Martin Roumagnac was released as The Room Upstairs.

Cast:
Marlene Dietrich (Blanche Ferrand - une grainetière intrigante)
Jean Gabin (Martin Roumagnac - un petit entrepreneur de maçonnerie)
Jean d'Yd (L'oncle de Blanche)
Daniel Gélin (Le surveillant du collège - épris de Blanche)
Jean Darcante (L'avocat de la défense)
Marcel Pérès (Paulot - le chef de chantier et ami de Martin)
Camille Guérini (Gardin - le facteur)
Henri Poupon (Gargame - un notable de Clairval)
Lucien Nat (Rimbaut - l'adjoint au maire, ancien amant de Blanche)
Paul Amiot (Le président du tribunal)
Marcelle Hainia (Madame Percheron, la pompiste)
Jean Heuzé (Le procureur)
Charles Lemontier (Bonnemain - le bistrot)
Georges Bever (Un citoyen de Clairval)
Paul Faivre (L'acheteur de l'appartement de Blanche)
Eugène Frouhins (Un ouvrier)
Julien Maffre (Un ouvrier)
Jane Maguenat ()
Albert Montigny ()
Philippe Olive (Le maître d'hôtel)
Colette Régis (Madame Rimbaut - la femme de l'adjoint au maire)
Rivers Cadet (Un joueur de belote)
Maurice Salabert (Un ouvrier)
Margo Lion (Jeanne Roumagnac - la soeur de Martin)
Marcel Herrand (Monsieur de Laubry - le consul)
Odette Barencey (Annette - la bonne de Blanche)
Marcel André (Le juge d'instruction)
Michel Ardan (Le conservateur)
Paul Barge (Petit rôle)
Mercédès Brare ()
Marguerite de Morlaye ()
Maurice Dorléac ()
Colette Georges (La jeune fille)
Jean Gosselin ()
René Hell ()
Robert Le Ray ()
Palmyre Levasseur ()
Albert Lyjo ()
Frédéric Mariotti (Un ouvrier)
René Marjac ()
Renée Thorel ()
Jean Vilmont ()
Georges Wilson (Un jeune homme dans le convoi funèbre)

Crew:
Georges Lacombe (director)
Pierre Véry (adaptation)
Georges Lacombe (adaptation)
Pierre Véry (dialogue)
Marcel Mirouze (original music)
Giovanni Fusco (original music)
Cinematography by (original music)
Roger Hubert (original music)
Film Editing by (original music)
Germaine Artus (original music)
Georges Wakhévitch (production design)
Georges Wakhévitch (art direction)
Huguette Adam (hair stylist)
Boris de Fast (key makeup artist)
Marc Le Pelletier (production manager)
Jean-Marie Loutrel (unit manager)
Lucien Pinoteau (production manager)
Fernand Trignol (associate unit manager)
Raymond Lamy (assistant director)
René Calviera (assistant art director)
Henri Morin (associate art director)
Fernand Janisse (assistant sound recordist)
Max Olivier (assistant sound recordist)
Jean Putel (sound engineer)
Adolphe Charlet (assistant camera)
René Ribault (camera operator)
Paul Ronald (still photographer)
Jean Desses (gowns: Marlene Dietrich)
Bruno Cristofoli (conductor: gypsy music)
Marceau Van Hoorebecke (conductor: Orchestre symphonique)
Monique de Gastyne (script supervisor)
based on a novel by Pierre-René Wolf

Length:
114 Minutes

Production:
Summer 1946, Studios at Saint- Maurice

Premiere:
December 1946