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They Were Five (1936)
"La belle équipe" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  31 May 1938 (USA)
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Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But ... See full summary »

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Jean dit Jeannot
Charles Vanel ...
Charles dit Charlot
Raymond Aimos ...
Raymond dit Tintin
Viviane Romance ...
Gina
Jacques Baumer ...
Monsieur Jubette
Marcelle Géniat ...
La grand' mère
Raymond Cordy ...
L'ivrogne
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Le propriétaire
Micheline Cheirel ...
Huguette
Rafael Medina ...
Mario (as Raphaël Medina)
Charles Dorat ...
Jacques
Robert Lynen ...
René
Robert Ozanne ...
Le patron du bistrot
Robert Moor ...
Un locataire
Marcel Maupi ...
Un copain (as Maupi)
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Those five are unemployed penniless workers. Together they win 100,000 Francs with the national lottery. Instead of sharing the money, they buy a ruin and build an open-air cafe. But difficulties come to split their friendly group apart: former wife, police tracking one of them (Spanish republican refugee), jealousy... Written by Yepok

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A pillar of 1930's French Cinema
18 January 2001 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

Shot in 1936 on the Banks of The Marne river some 5 miles from Paris, La Belle Equipe constituted a milestone in French Cinema. Coinciding with the advent of the " Front Populaire ", the film is today remembered for the scenes in the guinguette and the beautiful valse musette " Quand on s'promène au bord de l'eau " sung by actor Jean Gabin and accompanied by roving accordionist Albert Deprince. The film is about a group of factory workers who win the lottery and club together to construct a guingette ( dance hall ) on the banks of the Marne between Nogent and Joinville. All starts well but quarrels develop and women get in the way ! There are in fact two endings, a happy one reluctantly made by director Duvivier to please the public, and a pessmistic one which was the director's own personal choice. For some strange reason the pessimistic ending is always subtitled in German !!! Easily available on VHS cassette in France, hopefully will one day be issued on DVD. You may visit today by riverboat the area where the film was shot and until a few years ago could see the actual remains of the "guinguette" built specially for the film !!


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