A young man-about-Paris, cut off from his father's money, falls in with a picaresque gang of car thieves.

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(as Alexandre Esway), (as Billie Wilder)

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Credited cast:
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Jeannette
Pierre Mingand ...
Henri Pasquier
Raymond Galle ...
Jean-la-Cravate
Paul Escoffier ...
Le docteur Pasquier
Michel Duran ...
Le chef
Jean Wall ...
Le zèbre
Marcel Maupi ...
L'homme au panama
Paul Velsa ...
L'homme aux cacahuètes
Georges Malkine ...
Le secrétaire
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Georges Cahuzac ...
Le monsieur
Gaby Héritier ...
Gaby
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In the 30's, in Paris, the playboy Henri Pasquier is supported by his father, Dr. Pasquier with money and a brandy new car. When Dr. Pasquier decides to suspend the allowance and sell the car to force Henri to get a job, he leaves home and associates to a gang of car thieves. Henri falls in love for the thief Jeannette, and when they are betrayed by their boss, they decide to move to Casablanca and straight their lives. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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First film directed by Billy Wilder. See more »

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Pasquier's Buick has different plate numbers in different locations. 03:00 Car enters repair shop. Back plate: 2454RG6 06:50 Arriving at his father's offices. Front plate: 24554OU3 08:50 New owners driving the car away. Back plate: 6439I2 10:20 Pasquier's sees his car parked. Front plate: 2454OU3 11:00 Running away from the bad guys. Back plate: 6439I2 14:50 Arriving at Garage Monico. Front plate: 2454OU3 See more »

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The seeds?
8 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

First thing to bear in mind is that it's a collaboration Wilder/Esway.Esway was a minor FRench director whose best film is perhaps his old-fashioned but charming "Education de Prince" starring Louis Jouvet.

Of course Billy Wilder became one of the greatest directors in history but many of his fans might be disappointed.The seeds of the works to come are here but they are few and far between Of course the "statistics" and the voice-over heralds the prologue of "the seven years itch" These two-bit gangsters are the forerunners of those we would find in "some like it hot".

The greybeard who tries to seduce Jeanette and has his car stolen already displays that Wilder's tendency to turn "moral" something which is not ("Kiss me stupid" "Avanti") But the best gag remains the brat putting a stolen license plate on his car .

The ending does not convince since it's finally very dramatic ;but all in all,it was the classic ending of the French movie of that era: going somewhere else.

NB:When Wilder was working in Paris,Richard Pottier was making at about the same time his "Fanfare d'Amour" which would inspire ( check the screenplays ) BW's own "Some like it hot".


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