The Man on the Eiffel Tower

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The Man on the Eiffel Tower
Poster of the movie The Man on the Eiffel Tower.jpg
Directed by Burgess Meredith
Irving Allen (uncredited)
Charles Laughton (uncredited)
Produced by Irving Allen
Franchot Tone
Written by Harry Brown (screenplay)
Georges Simenon (novel A Battle of Nerves)
Starring See below
Music by Michel Michelet
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Louis Sackin
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s)
  • January 19, 1950 (1950-01-19) (World Premiere-Montreal)[1]
  • January 28, 1950 (1950-01-28) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • February 4, 1949 (1949-02-04) (US)[1]
Running time 97 minutes
87 minutes (American DVD version)
Country USA, France
Language English, French
Franchot Tone and Charles Laughton sparring in Paris's Monseigneur restaurant.

The Man on the Eiffel Tower is a 1950 American mystery film directed by Burgess Meredith and starring Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Meredith, and Robert Hutton. 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.[2][3] The film was co-produced by Tone and Allen as T&A Film Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

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

Plot summary[edit]

In Paris, a down and out medical student Johann Radek (Franchot Tone) is paid by Bill Kirby (Robert Hutton) to murder his wealthy aunt. A knife grinder (Burgess Meredith) is suspected, but Radek keeps taunting the police until they realize that he is the killer. The police and Maigret (Charles Laughton) are led on chases through the streets and over the rooftops of Paris and finally up the girders of the Eiffel Tower.

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  1. ^ a b c "The Man on the Eiffel Tower: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
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