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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

  (in credits order)

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

Directed by
René Clair 
 
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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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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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Delightful Rene Clair musical, 30 March 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Le Million" is a 1931 musical directed by Rene Clair. It's wonderful that it's available on DVD for audiences to see and enjoy it. The story concerns a starving Parisian artist Michele (Rene Lefevre) who is having a bad day. He is being hounded by every creditor in town, and as his fiancé Beatrice (Annabella) walks into his apartment, he is embracing his model. Then he realizes that he has won the Dutch lottery with his friend Prosper (Jean-Louis Allibert), but the ticket is in his coat pocket, and the coat is gone. The city-wide hunt then begins for the coat, which was taken by Beatrice and given to a needy person, who sold it to the opera singer Sopranelli. There is a hilarious scene in Sopranelli's dressing room as various people try to get the ticket out of the coat pocket. Beatrice and Michele wind up behind some scenery on the opera stage and relate to the duet that's being sung.

This film and Clair obviously influenced such talents as the Marx Brothers, Ernst Lubitsch, and Rouben Mamoulian. All the performances are good, with the beautiful Annabella, a brunette here, a standout as the ballerina Beatrice. Annabella was signed by 20th Century Fox and brought over to America around 1938, made Suez with Tyrone Power, and the two fell in love and decided to get married. In order to dissuade her and his biggest star from marrying, Zanuck offered her several films in Europe, but she refused to leave her fiancée. Zanuck made sure she didn't work much after that, effectively blacklisting her. She had a big Broadway success, worked on behalf of the troops during World War II, and returned to France after her divorce from Power. She retired in 1954. Her radio work with Power, and this film, show what a wonderful actress she was.

Very good film - highly recommended.

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