Dans l'eau qui fait des bulles (1961)
aka: Le Garde-champêtre mène l'enquête
A film directed by Maurice Delbez

Genre: Comedy / Crime

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Paul Ernzer is indulging in his favourite pastime, fishing on a Swiss lake, when he lands a most unexpected catch: the corpse of the recently deceased Jean-Louis Preminger. Fearing that he may be mistaken for the killer, Ernzer hastily dumps the body back in the lake. The cadaver is washed ashore and is found by the victim's wife Arlette and her lover Charles. Each thinking the other killed Preminger, these two hastily set about hiding the body. As the troublesome corpse continues to resurface, haunting everyone who had a reason to murder Preminger, Commissaire Guillaume begins his investigation...
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Film Review

Dans l'eau qui fait des bulles (also known as Le Garde-champêtre mène l'enquête) is one of the weirder whodunits you are ever likely to watch, one in which the murder victim provides a voiceover narration from beyond the grave, à la Sunset Boulevard. Although a plot résumé may make it sound like an egregious rip-off of Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry (1955), the film is actually based on a novel, Marcel G. Prêtre's La Chair à poissons, and is a quintessentially French black comedy. A fairly mundane murder mystery is livened up by a pleasing river of jet black humour which washes away everything in its path, except of course the corpse which stubbornly refuses to stay put. Louis de Funès and Jacques Dufilho are the only two actors to standout in the pretty colourless ensemble, but their lunatic presence alone is enough to make the film worth watching. It's an enjoyably daft variation on a familiar theme, with enough devious twists and turns to keep any Agatha Christie addict hooked and enough mischievous graveyard humour to stop the rest of us from falling asleep.
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Film Credits

  • Director: Maurice Delbez
  • Script: Marcel Prêtre (novel), Maurice Delbez, Michel Lebrun
  • Cast: Louis de Funès (Paul Ernzer), Pierre Dudan (Charles Delindy), Marthe Mercadier (Georgette Ernzer), María Riquelme (Arlette Preminger), Philippe Lemaire (Heinrich), Philippe Clay (Jean-Louis Preminger), Pierre Doris (Le boy-scout camionneur), Claudine Coster (Eléna), Serge Davri (Le vagabond), Max Elloy (Un pêcheur), Jacques Dufilho (Le fossoyeur), Olivier Hussenot (Le commissaire Guillaume), Yvonne Gradelet (La manucure), Josette Beucler, Jocelyne Darche, Jean Mejean, Guy Loran, Georges Fabre, Bob Genillard, Bernard Quatrehomme
  • Country: France
  • Language: French
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Aka: Le Garde-champêtre mène l'enquête

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