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4 February 1931 (Portugal) See more »
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An impoverished painter and his rival engage in a race across Paris to recover a jacket concealing a winning lottery ticket. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Annabella ... Béatrice
René Lefèvre ... Michel Bouflette
Jean-Louis Allibert ... Prosper (as Louis Allibert)
Paul Ollivier ... Granpère Tulipe
Constantin Siroesco ... Ambrosio Sopranelli
Raymond Cordy ... Le chauffeur de taxi
Vanda Gréville ... Vanda
Odette Talazac ... La cantatrice
Pedro Elviro ... Le régisseur (as Pitouto)
Jane Pierson ... L'épicière
André Michaud ... Le boucher
Eugène Stuber ... Le policier
Pierre Alcover ... Le policier
Armand Bernard ... Le chef d'orchestre
Gabrielle Rosny
Georgette Dalmas
Jean Gaubens
Teddy Michaud
Louis Musy
Louis Pré Fils
Georges Zwingel
Édouard Francomme
Franck Maurice (as Frank Maurice)
Henri Kerny
Gustave Huberdeau
Allan Durant
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Directed by
René Clair 
 
Writing credits
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Georges Berr  play
René Clair 
Marcel Guillemaud  play

Original Music by
Armand Bernard 
Philippe Parès 
Georges Van Parys 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal 
Georges Raulet 
 
Art Direction by
Lazare Meerson 
 
Costume Design by
Georges K. Benda 
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le million" - France (original title)
"The Million" - International (English title) (literal title)
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81 min
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Such an enjoyable, sweet, innocent movie., 22 November 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is one irresistible great cheerful- and technically greatly made movie!

The movie features some of the greatest looking sets you'll ever see in a '30's movie, even though it's all too obvious that they are sets, rather than real place locations. Often if a character would fall or shake a doorpost too aggressive, the entire set would obviously move.

The best moments of the movie were the silent, more old fashioned, slapstick kind of moments. It shows that René Clair's true heart was at silent movie-making. The overall humor is really great in this movie. Also of course the musical moments were more than great. This is a really enjoyable light and simple pleasant early French musical. Though the best moments are the silent moments, that does not mean that the movie is not filled with some great humorous dialog, that gets very well delivered by the main actors, who all seemed like stage actors to me, which in this case worked extremely well for the movie its overall style and pleasant no-worries atmosphere. No wonder this worked out so well, since this movie is actually based on stage play by Georges Berr.

It's a technical really great movie, with also some great innovation camera-work in it and some really great editing, that create some fast going and pleasant to watch enjoyable sequences. There is never a dull moment in this movie!

René Clair was such a clever director, who knew how to build up and plan comical moments within in movies. It's a very creative made movie, that despite its simplicity still at all times feel as a totally original and cleverly constructed movie, that never seizes to entertain.

The last half hour is especially unforgettably fun, without spoiling too much, and is really among the greatest, as well as most creative moments in early comedy film-making.

The movie is filled with some really enjoyable characters, who are of course all very stereotypical and silly and were obviously cast because of their looks. It all adds to the pleasant light comical atmosphere and cuteness of the movie.

One of the most pleasant movies you'll ever see!

8/10

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