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Re: La dame d'onze heures (1948) 90m
Director Jean Devaivre, whose real-life exploits with the French Resistance were chronicled in Bertrand Tavernier's Occupation-era drama LAISSEZ PASSER (2002), made a series of films after WWII that have varying levels of offbeat qualities. LA DAME is at its wackiest in its intro, but still tends toward a send-up of a sub-stratum of noir we've seen variants of in American screwball mysteries: the flamboyant, outsider detective wending his way through a cast of neurotic decadents.
Meurisse's turn here is something of a template for similar roles in more conventional detective and spy films, roles that continued well into the late 60s.