In ‘Maigret Sets a Trap,’ Pack Your Pipe and Track a Killer


Jean Gabin and Annie Girardot in Jean Delannoy’s 1958 film, “Maigret Sets a Trap.”

Kino Lorber

“Maigret Sets a Trap,” most likely the movie that introduced American audiences to Georges Simenon’s best-known character, was hailed as an event by the New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther. “If you haven’t yet made the acquaintance of French writer Georges Simenon and his famous and fascinating Parisian detective, Inspector Maigret,” he wrote in his review in 1958, “you can’t ask a better introduction.”

What was true then remains so today. “Maigret Sets a Trap,” titled “Inspector Maigret” when it was originally released here, opens Friday in a fine digital restoration for a weeklong run at Metrograph.