Man on the Eiffel Tower

RKO Radio Pictures Released 2006




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Man on the Eiffel Tower

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Burgess Meredith
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In Paris, a down-and-out one-time medical student, Johann Radek, overhears Bill Kirby, an American given to living beyond his means, drunkenly insisting to his friends that he would be a lot better off if only someone would murder his wealthy aunt. When the aunt is indeed killed, a knife- grinder, Heurtin, is suspected, but Inspector Maigret is suspicious and deliberately allows Heurtin to escape from his jail cell in order to learn more. The police and Maigret are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally travel up the girders of the Eiffel Tower in order to apprehend the true murderer.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Irving Allen was removed from the direction of this film at the insistence of Charles Laughton, who suggested that his friend and co-star Burgess Meredith would be an ideal replacement. As Meredith was concerned about directing and acting at the same time, Laughton and Franchot Tone helped out with the direction, without credit.

    • This film was filmed entirely on location in Paris, the first American film to be made there after the war. It even advertises "the City of Paris" as one of its stars.

    • This film is an adaptation of Georges Simenon's novel, "La Tete D'Un Homme" ("A Man's Head"), first published in the 1930s and already the basis of a French film of 1933, starring Harry Baur as Maigret. The novel is sometimes published in English translation under the title "A Battle Of Nerves".

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (1)

    • This film was shot in the controversial Ansco colour system, and the quality of the colour declined steeply over the years; as the film had been a box-office failure, no-one made any effort to restore the film and by the 1980s, it was said it had become all but impossible to watch. However, in the 21st century, DVD technology has made it possible for the visual quality of at least a good part of the film to be returned to (more or less) the level it possessed on original release in 1949.