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The Sad Sack (1928)
"Tire au flanc" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  18 July 1928 (France)
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Georges Pomiès ...
Jean d'Ombelles
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Félix Oudart ...
Le Colonel Brochard
Jean Storm ...
Le Lieutnt Daumel
Paul Velsa ...
Caporal Bourrache
Louis Zellas ...
Muflot (as Zellas)
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L'Adjudant (as Manuel Raby)
Roland Caillaux ...
Le Sergent
André Cerf ...
Un 'Bleu'
Fridette Fatton ...
Georgette
Jeanne Helbling ...
Solange Blandin
Maryanne ...
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Kinny Dorlay ...
Lily
Esther Kiss ...
Madame Fléchais
Breugnot ...
L'Escouade
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Too gentle
19 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Tire -au -flanc" belongs to a genre which is really an acquired taste,the coarse comedy.It reached its peak in the thirties when Raimu and Fernandel starred in "les Gaietés de l'Escadron" or "Ignace" ,not those two actors at their best.

It's not because a movie was made by Jean Renoir (or..... fill in the blank)that it must be looked upon as an immortal masterpiece.Although they did not take place in barracks ,"la chienne" and even "on purge bébé" had a stronger anti-militarist feel.Here,when Jean Renoir regains his humor,his wit and his rebellious spirit ,it's principally in the subtitles :his lines (and cartoons)seem to possess something the pictures sometimes lack.

Of course,there are funny scenes: the girl's presence in the barracks is good fun.But the last pictures are finally a capitulation;after all,-I quote the colonel- the Army succeeds in making men! Is that really funny to press-gang young men into a relatively comfortable army?Opinions differ.


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