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Tristan Bernard (play)
Dorothy Farnum (adaptation)
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18 August 1932 (Denmark) See more »
Lilac is consorting with the criminal scum of Paris but then she falls in love with a handsome detective... | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Marcelle Romée ... Coeur de lilas

André Luguet ... André Lucot

Jean Gabin ... Martousse

Madeleine Guitty ... Mme. Charignoul
Carlotta Conti ... Mme. Novion
Lydie Villars ... La crevette
Fordyce ... Mme Darny (as Forice)

Fréhel ... La Douleur
Marcel Delaître ... Darny (as Marcel Delaitre)
Paul Amiot ... Merlu
Georges Paulais ... Le juge d'instruction (as Paulais)
Pierre Labry ... Charignoul (as P. Labry)

Fernandel ... Le garçon d'honneur
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Max ... (uncredited)
René Maupré ... (uncredited)
Georges Pally ... (uncredited)
Edouard Rousseau ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Anatole Litvak 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tristan Bernard  play
Dorothy Farnum  adaptation
Charles-Henry Hirsch  play
Anatole Litvak  adaptation (as A. Litvak)
Serge Veber  adaptation

Original Music by
Maurice Yvain 
Cinematography by
Curt Courant 
Art Direction by
Serge Piménoff  (as Pimenoff)
Production Management
Grégoire Metchikian .... production manager (as Metchikian)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Blanchon .... assistant director
Dimitri Dragomir .... assistant director (as D. Dragomir)
Sound Department
Victor Fastowitch .... sound editor
Roger Loisel .... sound engineer (as Loisel)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Née .... assistant camera
Music Department
Pierre Chagnon .... conductor
Serge Veber .... lyricist
Other crew
Maurice Barber .... supervisor
Dorothy Farnum .... supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Coeur de lilas" - France (original title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone)

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Referenced in Indochine (1992)See more »
La môme CaoutchoucSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
In search of the lost Litvak works...., 2 August 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

"Coeur de Lilas " is a worthwhile find.Its screenplay is original and its directing is often brilliant.

The movie begins and ends with a military parade:in the neighborhood,brats are doing the same till one of them says he has enough with soldiers and they play cops and robbers ...just to discover a dead body on the "Fortifications" (which do not exist anymore in Paris nowadays).The "game "subject will return as Jean Gabin and his pals do a travesty of a trial and in the last pictures when one of the kids says " a cop must not be moved",actually the moral of the story.

The first scenes of "Coeur de Lilas" suffer from an old-fashioned theatrical acting but as soon it takes place in the greasy spoon where Gabin and chanteuse Frehel sing "la Môme Caoutchouc" ( =rubber gal),the film hits its stride .Many of its elements would emerge again in other more famous French movies or in Litvak's future career.

-The bad gal falling in love with an undercover policeman (and sighing :"I wish there were not so many cops in this world":of course she does not know his true identity)who tries to worm information out of her would be used by Pierre Chenal in his "l'Alibi" (1937) -The guinguettes down by the river Marne where Fernandel (in one of his smallest part of a best man) sings for the bride would be a permanent feature of the French film noir :see "la Belle Equipe" (1936) by Duvivier and Becker's "Casque d'Or" (1952) -The desperate lovers surrounded by a farandole ,it's already the ending of "Les Enfants du Paradis" in miniature.

-The hallucinations during the heroine's running already display the director's interest in madness ("the snake pit",1946)

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