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The Man on the Eiffel Tower

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The Man on the Eiffel Tower
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBurgess Meredith
Charles Laughton (uncredited)[1]
Screenplay byHarry Brown
Based onLe tête d'un homme
1932 novelette
by Georges Simenon
Produced byIrving Allen
Franchot Tone
StarringCharles Laughton
Franchot Tone
CinematographyStanley Cortez
Edited byLouis Sackin
Music byMichel Michelet
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • 19 January 1950 (1950-01-19) (Montreal)[2]
  • 28 January 1950 (1950-01-28) (New York City)[2]
  • 4 February 1950 (1950-02-04) (United States)[2]
Running time
97 minutes
87 minutes (American DVD version)
CountriesUnited States
Franchot Tone and Charles Laughton sparring in Paris's Monseigneur restaurant.

The Man on the Eiffel Tower is a 1950 American Ansco Color film noir mystery film starring Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Burgess Meredith, and Robert Hutton. Ultimately directed by Meredith, it is based on the 1931 novel La Tête d'un homme (A Man's Head) by Belgian writer Georges Simenon featuring his detective Jules Maigret.[3] The film was co-produced by Tone and Irving Allen as A&T Film Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Much of the outdoor action occurs in familiar Paris locales, including the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, and Pigalle.

The film is also known as L'homme de la tour Eiffel in France.

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In the streets of Paris a myopic knife grinder Heurtin (Burgess Meredith) is berated by his partner both for his lack of money and initiative. Nearby, Kirby (Robert Hutton), an idle, cash-strapped playboy, enters a restaurant to meet his wife (Patricia Roc). He is warned by the waiter that both wife and his mistress are waiting for him at the bar. The nature of her husband's relationship becomes obvious to the wife, who taunts the mistress Edna (Jean Wallace) that Kirby will have no money until his aunt dies, then leaves. Kirby reads a note that has been left at his feet, revealing that his predicament has been overheard, and he can be helped for a million francs. He grasps it is an invitation to murder, signed "MV". As Edna leaves, Kirby says he has a decision to make and if he throws two aces with poker dice he'll say yes. All five come up aces.

In the darkness of the aunt's house Heurtin finds a woman dead. In a panic, he falls over, losing his makeshift eyeglasses. The figure of a man appears, his feet and hands wrapped to avoid leaving prints. He intentionally steps on the glasses, and Heurtin leaves the house in literal blind terror. Outside a mysterious accomplice reassures him and promises to protect him if he lays low.

The newspapers say that both the aunt and her maid were murdered. Inspector Maigret (Charles Laughton) takes the case, and finding the broken glasses soon arrests Heurtin. In prison, Heurtin's partner apologises to him for her nagging, which she realises drove him to crime. Maigret suspects that Heurtin was guilty of burglary only but won't talk, so he arranges a bogus prison escape so he can be followed. Unfortunately, the scheme backfires and Heurtin eludes his tail. At a bar where he finds the Kirby trio, Maigret spots Heurtin, who is clearly looking for his accomplice. They leave, and when a patron there ostentatiously creates a row by ordering luxurious foods he cannot afford to pay for, the police are called; Maigret suspects it's an exhibition to frighten away Heurtin.

Legwork reveals that the diner, Johannes Radek (Franchot Tone), is a brilliant and educated young man suffering from manic depression. In his elevated state he taunts Maigret, setting off a game of cat and mouse. Frightened back to the scene of the crime by Radek, Kirby shoots himself after being identified by Maigret, but gives up the letters MV before dying. Redek then sets Mrs. Kirby and Edna against one-another in an effort to implicate them in the murders.

Finally, a clever ruse by Maigret sends a cornered Radek fleeing to the Eiffel Tower, which he begins to climb. Heurtin angrily follows him up. Radek prepares to dive spectacularly from near the top, but becomes crestfallen when Maigret feigns disinterest and starts descending in his elevator cart. Plunged into depression he must be assisted down.

Maigret meets Radek one last time at the guillotine, but declines to watch. In the street outside Maigret strolls amid young Parisian couples displaying their amour. He spots Heurtin with his partner, happily wearing proper spectacles. Cheered, Maigret returns to police headquarters.




  1. ^ Redfern, David. Charles Laughton: A Filmography, 1928-1962. McFarland & Company. p. 119. ISBN 9781476642635.
  2. ^ a b c "The Man on the Eiffel Tower: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  3. ^ "The Screen in Review; 'The Man on the Eiffel Tower,' From Novel by Simenon, Opens at the Criterion". The New York Times. 30 January 1950. Retrieved 30 December 2019.

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