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* DelegationRelay: A series of phone calls starts at the top of the command structure and works its way down the various levels of the French police, with each underling in turn demanding that ''his'' underling catch the murderer in a time interval that gets shorter and shorter with each phone call. Finally the chain of phone calls gets to Wens's supervisor, who goes to call Wens, and finds a note from Wens on his desk promising to catch the killer.


A SerialKiller prowls in Paris. On the body of his numerous victims, he always leaves a [[CallingCard visiting card]] with the name of M. Durand. The police is under pressure, but has no lead. A junk man finds in a cupboard a stock of the killer's visiting cards, so he guesses that the murderer lives in the boarding house where the cupboard comes from. So he tells Inspector Wens, who starts a covert investigation at Number 21, Junot Avenue.

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A SerialKiller prowls in Paris. On the body of his numerous victims, he always leaves a [[CallingCard visiting card]] with the name of M. Durand. The police is are under pressure, but has have no lead.leads. A junk man finds in a cupboard a stock of the killer's visiting cards, so he guesses that the murderer lives in the boarding house where the cupboard comes from. So he tells Inspector Wens, who starts a covert investigation at Number 21, Junot Avenue.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Wens is calm and serious. His job is to investigate murder cases. His girlfriend, Mila Malou, is a would-be singer with an exhuberant personality. For example, she decides to start her own investigation of the M. Durand case. Later, she does not hesitate to follow Wens in his infiltration mission in the boarding house.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Wens is calm and serious. His job is to investigate murder cases. His girlfriend, Mila Malou, is a would-be singer with an exhuberant exuberant personality. For example, she decides to start her own investigation of the M. Durand case. Later, she does not hesitate to follow Wens in his infiltration mission in the boarding house.


* EverybodyDidIt: The mystery is of which of the inhabitants of the boarding house is the murderer. TheReveal is that [[spoiler:three of them --Colin, Linz, and Lalah-Poor-- were in it together, taking turns committing murders]].
* EvilGloating: The three murderers lose a lot of time gloating at the construction site, which finally saves Wens's life.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Wens remains collected even when three murderers are about to kill him.

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* EverybodyDidIt: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. The mystery is of which of the inhabitants of the boarding house is the murderer.murder. TheReveal is that [[spoiler:three of them --Colin, Linz, and Lalah-Poor-- were in it together, taking turns committing murders]].
* EvilGloating: The [[spoiler:The three murderers lose lose]] a lot of time gloating at the construction site, which finally saves Wens's life.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Wens remains collected even when three [[spoiler:three murderers are are]] about to kill him.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: M. Durand's victims keep getting killed in differing ways--one stabbed with a SwordCane, one shot to death, one stabbed by a regular old knife; another is strangled offscreen. This is a clue that there's more than one killer.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: M. Durand's victims keep getting killed in differing ways--one stabbed with a SwordCane, one shot to death, one stabbed by a regular old knife; another is strangled offscreen. This is a clue that there's [[spoiler:there's more than one killer.killer]].



* SwordCane: Dr Linz uses one.

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* SwordCane: Dr Linz [[spoiler:Dr Linz]] uses one.



* WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities: Prof. Lalah Poor is a stage magician, so he has StickyFingers: he is able to steal items from the pockets of other people. That comes in handy when he has to seize Wens's gun to prevent him from telling the police who the killers are.

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* WorkplaceAcquiredAbilities: Prof. Lalah Poor is a stage magician, so he has StickyFingers: he is able to steal items from the pockets of other people. That comes in handy when he has to seize [[spoiler:seize Wens's gun to prevent him from telling the police who the killers are.are]].


* AloneWithThePsycho: In the end, Wens realizes who the murderers are, but Prof. Lalah Poor threatens him with a gun and brings him to a construction site, where the two other killers soon arrive.
* AppealToVanity: In order to save time at the construction site, Wens asks who initially had the idea of M. Durand, because he thinks only that one deserves to kill him. It appears that the three killers share the ownership of the idea, so they start arguing.

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* AloneWithThePsycho: In the end, Wens realizes who the [[spoiler:the murderers are, are]], but Prof. [[spoiler:Prof. Lalah Poor Poor]] threatens him with a gun and brings him to a construction site, where the [[spoiler:the two other killers soon arrive.
arrive]].
* AppealToVanity: In order to save time at the construction site, Wens asks who [[spoiler:who initially had the idea of M. Durand, because he thinks only that one deserves to kill him. It appears that the three killers share the ownership of the idea, so they start arguing.]]



* CallingCard: The murderer always leaves a visiting card with the name of M. Durand on the body of his victims. {{Justified|Trope}}: this is a trick used by the three murderers to make the police believe that there is just one killer instead of three.
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: When he is threatened by Lalah Poor, Wens spits on a policeman's shoes to be arrested, but the policeman drops the case because someone else calls for help.

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* CallingCard: The murderer always leaves a visiting card with the name of M. Durand on the body of his victims. {{Justified|Trope}}: this [[spoiler:this is a trick used by the three murderers to make the police believe that there is just one killer instead of three.
three]].
* CantGetInTroubleForNuthin: When he is threatened by Lalah Poor, [[spoiler:Lalah Poor]], Wens spits on a policeman's shoes to be arrested, but the policeman drops the case because someone else calls for help.



* TheCavalry: Wens is goind to be killed by the murderers at the construction site, when the police and Mila Malou arrive to save him.

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* TheCavalry: Wens is goind to be killed by the murderers [[spoiler:the murderers]] at the construction site, when the police and Mila Malou arrive to save him.



* DistressedDude: Wens is brought by Lalah Poor to a construction site, where the three murderers are going to kill him. Fortunately, Mila Malou brings the police there and saves him.
* EverybodyDidIt: The mystery is of which of the three men at the boarding house--Colin, Linz, and Lalah-Poor--is the murder. TheReveal is that all three of them were in it together, taking turns committing murders.

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* DistressedDude: Wens is brought by Lalah Poor [[spoiler:Lalah Poor]] to a construction site, where the [[spoiler:the three murderers are going to kill him.him]]. Fortunately, Mila Malou brings the police there and saves him.
* EverybodyDidIt: The mystery is of which of the three men at inhabitants of the boarding house--Colin, Linz, and Lalah-Poor--is house is the murder. murderer. TheReveal is that all three [[spoiler:three of them --Colin, Linz, and Lalah-Poor-- were in it together, taking turns committing murders.murders]].


* MaidenAunt: She isn't anybody's aunt, but Mlle. Cuq, the old lady at the boarding house, seems oddly proud of her elderly virgin status, calling herself a "maiden" more than once.


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* OldMaid: Mlle. Cuq, the old lady at the boarding house, seems oddly proud of her elderly virgin status, calling herself a "maiden" more than once.


* AlliterativeName: Mila Malou.



* AlliterativeName: Mila Malou.


* DeadManWriting: Subverted. Wens leaves behind an "in the event of my death" letter telling his superiors that the killer lives at 21 Juno Avenue. But his nosy girlfriend Mila steams it open, reads the contents, and moves into the boarding house, where Wens is very much alive (and not happy to see her).

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* DeadManWriting: Subverted. Wens leaves behind an "in the event of my death" letter telling his superiors that the killer lives at 21 Juno Junot Avenue. But his nosy girlfriend Mila steams it open, reads the contents, and moves into the boarding house, where Wens is very much alive (and not happy to see her).

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* EverybodyDidIt: The mystery is of which of the three men at the boarding house--Colin, Linz, and Lalah-Poor--is the murder. TheReveal is that all three of them were in it together, taking turns committing murders.

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* HandOfDeath: Seen in a couple of shots, like the opening sequence where a hand enters the frame wielding the SwordCane, or later in the film where a hand is seen reaching into the frame to cut the telephone line out of the boarding house.


* {{Foreshadowing}}: M. Durand's victims keep getting killed in differing ways--one stabbed with a SwordCane, one shot to death, one stabbed by a regular old knife. This is a clue that there's more than one killer.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: M. Durand's victims keep getting killed in differing ways--one stabbed with a SwordCane, one shot to death, one stabbed by a regular old knife.knife; another is strangled offscreen. This is a clue that there's more than one killer.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: M. Durand's victims keep getting killed in differing ways--one stabbed with a SwordCane, one shot to death, one stabbed by a regular old knife. This is a clue that there's more than one killer.


* IntroDump: Colin, Linz, Miss Cuq, and Lalah-Poor--all of the residents of the boarding house, that is--are all introduced to Wens and the audience in the scene where Wens, undercover as a pastor, arrives at the boarding house and asks for a room.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A joke that may work even better in the English subtitles. Mlle. Cuq says men can't be trusted. Mila shoots back sarcastically: "You can talk. Your goose is cooked. ''I'm yet to be plucked''."
* IntroDump: Colin, Linz, Miss Cuq, and Lalah-Poor--all of the residents of the boarding house, that is--are is, and suspects in the case--are all introduced to Wens and the audience in the scene where Wens, undercover as a pastor, arrives at the boarding house and asks for a room.

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* DeadManWriting: Subverted. Wens leaves behind an "in the event of my death" letter telling his superiors that the killer lives at 21 Juno Avenue. But his nosy girlfriend Mila steams it open, reads the contents, and moves into the boarding house, where Wens is very much alive (and not happy to see her).


* AllChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, surprisingly. In France just about all Christianity ''is'' Catholic, but Wens still chooses to impersonate a Protestant minister when getting a room at No. 21. He specifically states that he has a wife and children elsewhere.
* AlliterativeName: Mila Malou.



* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, surprisingly. In France just about all Christianity ''is'' Catholic, but Wens still chooses to impersonate a Protestant minister when getting a room at No. 21. He specifically states that he has a wife and children elsewhere.
* AlliterativeName: Mila Malou.



* SerialKiller: A serial killer prowls in Paris. On the body of his numerous victims, he always leaves a visiting card with the name of M. Durand.

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* SerialKiller: A serial killer prowls in Paris. Unlike most serial killers, he seems to be killing for money and fun rather than some psycho-sexual compulsion, making this trope strangely blended with GentlemanThief. On the body of his numerous victims, he always leaves a visiting card with the name of M. Durand.


A SerialKiller prowls in Paris. On the body of his numerous victims, he always leaves a [[CallingCard visiting card]] with the name of M. Durand. The police is under pressure, but has no lead. A junk man finds in a cupboard a stock of the killer's visiting cards, so he guesses that the murderer lives in the boarding house where the cupboard comes from. So he tells Inspector Wens, who starts a covert investigation at Number 21.

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A SerialKiller prowls in Paris. On the body of his numerous victims, he always leaves a [[CallingCard visiting card]] with the name of M. Durand. The police is under pressure, but has no lead. A junk man finds in a cupboard a stock of the killer's visiting cards, so he guesses that the murderer lives in the boarding house where the cupboard comes from. So he tells Inspector Wens, who starts a covert investigation at Number 21.
21, Junot Avenue.

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