The Crime of Monsieur Lange
Cast & Crew
Amédée Lange, an aspiring novelist, works in a Parisian publishing house that specializes in pulp novels. Batala, Lange's cruel and exploitative boss, signs him to a contract for his "Arizona Jim" series of novels and cheats Lange out of his money. Batala then steals the company's funds, flees the city to escape his creditors, and is later reported dead in a train wreck. Lange, the rest of the employees, and the chief creditor form a cooperative business and achieve great success with Lange's western novels. Happy now, the workers in the publishing house fall in love with those in the neighboring laundry, among them Lange and Valentine and Estelle and the concierge's son. Just as everything is going well, Batala comes back disguised as a priest; he had survived the train wreck and exchanged clothes with one of the victims, a priest. He wants to hold Lange to the old contracts and take advantage of the firm's new wealth. Lange realizes the only way to stop such an evil man is to kill him. This done, he and Valentine escape to the frontier, where in a cafe he tells his story to some workers who recognize them. The workers are happy to help them escape.
André Halley Des Fontaines
Location scenes filmed in Paris and Tréport. Opened in Paris in January 1936 as Le crime de Monsieur Lange; running time: 84 min. Also known in France as Le crime de M. Lange. Working title: Sur la cour.