Princesse Tam-Tam (1935)

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A French novelist passes off a African shepherdess as a princess.


(as Edmond T. Greville)


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Complete credited cast:
Max de Mirecourt (as Albert Prejean)
Robert Arnoux ...
Germaine Aussey ...
Lucie de Mirecourt
Georges Péclet ...
Dar (as Georges Peclet)
Viviane Romance ...
Lucie's Friend
Jean Galland ...
Maharajah of Datane


Max de Mirecourt, celebrated French novelist, takes a vacation from his social-butterfly wife in Tunisia, where he meets beautiful Alwina, a barefoot hill shepherdess. To cure his writer's block, Max casts Alwina as heroine in a real-life 'Pygmalion' story. She reacts to civilized ways and emotions with charming simplicity. Now Max, stung by reports of his wife's affair with a dark-skinned maharajah, has the idea of launching Alwina in Paris society as a princess. Will civilization spoil her wild charms? Who will pair off with whom? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

2 November 1935 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Princess Tam-Tam  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


An advertising poster for this film is pictured on one stamp of a set of five 42¢ USA commemorative postage stamps honoring Vintage Black Cinema, issued 16 July 2008. Other films honored in this set are Black and Tan (1929), The Sport of the Gods (1921), Caldonia (1945), and Hallelujah (1929). See more »


Edited into Moulin Rouge (1940) See more »


Sous Le Ciel d'Afrique
Sung and Danced by Josephine Baker
Written by André de Badet and Jacques Belasco
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Baker's generosity was legend in France...
18 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

....but the parts she was offered were really poor."Princesse Tam-Tam" directed by third-rate artist Edmond Greville is no exception.On the plus side,there is a screenplay and even an unexpected twist at the end.It reminds me of "Pygmalion" sometimes as one user has already pointed out.

But the main reason is to show Baker in the music hall where she belongs.There's a long scene there and it may bore people who do not like this kind of show.

There's no real racism,but the natives from Africa are looked upon as "big children" by the white man .Who could blame the script writers? In Hergé's comic strip "Tintin au Congo" ,at the beginning of the thirties ,it was all the same.

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