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Tout ça ne vaut pas l'amour (1931)

"Dad told me that the pharmacists are all thieves ".

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Jules Renaudin (as Marcel Levesque)
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Jean Cordier
Josseline Gaël ...
Claire (as Josseline Gael)
Mady Berry ...
Madame Cordier (as Maddy Berry)
Jane Loury ...
Léonie (as Jeanna Loury)
Delphine Abdala ...
Madame Triron (as Abdala)
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A pregnant unwed girl who gives birth to a stillborn baby is welcomed by a pharmacist . This man is too kind for his own good . When a little boy comes to get his father's prescription filled ,not only the brat receives his medicine for free (and gumdrops at that),but he also tells the good man about the nasty things his dad says about the pharmacists.He acts like a doctor and cures a fat lady who comes every day cause she digests her food with difficulty.(she washes it down with a whole bottle of wine) His neighbor sells wireless sets and deafens our good man with the music he plays all day ,but he is not a spiteful person:he buys a set. Now that he's got a young girl at home,he opens up:he tries to learn to drive with disastrous results ,he takes her to the ball and to the fair .Little by little,he falls in love with her ,but his young neighbor will have to be reckoned with.. Written by dbdumonteil

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16 October 1931 (France)  »

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Nie warte milosci  »

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Undistinguished debut for Jacques Tourneur.
16 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Notable as the first film directed by Jaques Tourneur still in the shadow of the father, whose fame his own would surpass, this plodding early French sound film has very little else going for it.

Direction is certainly competent, even advanced for it's day. Jean Gabin is already second billed for a small part and he and the ill fated Gael make a presentable set of juveniles but the rest of the cast are grossly theatrical - and occasionally gross as well.

We get one striking sequence in the visit to Gael's father's factory, where Tourneur and the designers spring to life, but the rest is a succession of often elaborately staged, unfunny comic tableaux in which chemist lead Marcel Lévesque (from the Feuillade serials) humiliates himself trying to win the girl he has befriended.

The film does have an odd place in history as the one scheduled for screening the night of the Cinémathèque riot.


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