L’assassin habite… au 21 (1942)

79m [French television], 84m
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, French

A French borderline horror film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot.

Plot Summary

Inspector Vorobechik tracks a serial killer who leaves calling cards on the bodies of his victims.


Directed by: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Continental Films/Liote
Written by: Stanislas-André Steeman
Adaptation: H.G. Clouzot, S.A. Steeman
Novel: Mr S.A. Steeman
Director of Photography: Armand Thirard
Editor: Christian Gaudin
Music by: Maurice Yvain
Sound: William Robert Sivel
Set Decorator: André Andrejew

Pierre Fresnay (Inspector Wenceslas Wens)
Suzy Delair (Mila Malou)
Jean Tissier (Triquet/Professor Lalah-Poor)
Pierre Larquey (Monsieur Colin)
Noël Roquevert (Docteur Théodore Linz)
René Génin (Alfred)
Jean Despeaux (Kid Robert)
Natol [real name: Marc Natol] (Armand)
Huguette Vivier (Mademoiselle Vania)
Odette Talazac (Madame Point)
Maximilienne (Mademoiselle Cuq)
Sylvette Saugé (Christiane Perret)
Gabriello [real name: André Gabriello] (Agent Pussot)
Bussières [real name: Raymond Bussières] (Jean-Baptiste Turlot)

Alternative Titles

El assesino vive en el 21 – Spanish title
L'assassí viu al número 21 – Catalan Spanish title
L'assassino abita al 21 – Italian title
O dolofonos katoikei sto 21 – Greek title
Mördaren utan ansikte – Swedish title
Der Mörder wohnt in Nr. 21 – German title
Der Mörder wohnt Nr. 21 – Austrian title
The Murderer Lives at Number 21

La muerte camina en la lluvia (1948)



  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.17 no.196 (April-May 1950) p.70 – credits
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.168 no.9 (30 August 1947) – review
  • Télérama no.2368 (31 May 1995) p.152 – illustrated credits, review
  • Today's Cinema vol.74 no.5975 (17 April 1950) – review

Other sources

  • 57th Edinburgh Film Festival Catalogue (2003) p.117 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • National Film Theatre Programme (August 2003) p.10 – illustrated listing