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Drole de Drame (1937)
"Drôle de drame ou L'étrange aventure du Docteur Molyneux" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  20 March 1939 (USA)
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A French farce set in Victorian London where a botanist and his wife get into trouble when they pretend to go missing in order to hide from their sanctimonious cousin -- an Anglican bishop who is leading a campaign against such writing.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jouvet ...
Archibald Soper
Françoise Rosay ...
Margaret Molyneux
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Irwin Molyneux
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Billy
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William Kramps dit Le tueur de bouchers
Nadine Vogel ...
Eva
Pierre Alcover ...
L'inspecteur-chef Bray (as Alcover)
Henri Guisol ...
Buffington
Agnès Capri ...
La chanteuse des rues
René Génin ...
Le balayeur (as Génin)
Ky Duyen ...
L'hôtelier chinois de Soho
Marcel Duhamel ...
Le fêtard amoureux des enterrements
Jane Loury ...
Mrs. McPhearson (as Jeanne Lory)
Madeleine Suffel ...
Victory
Jenny Burnay ...
Madame Pencil
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In Victorian London, the botanist Irwin Molyneux and his wife Margaret Molyneux are bankrupted but still keeping the appearance due to the successful crime novels written by Irwin under the pseudonym of Felix Chapel. Their cook has just left the family, when Irwin's snoopy and hypocrite cousin Archibald Soper that is in campaign against the police stories of Felix Chapel invites himself to have dinner in Irwin's house. Margaret decides to keep the farce of their social position secretly cooking the dinner, while the clumsy Irwin justifies her absence telling the bishop Soper that she had just traveled to the country to meet some friends. However Soper suspects of Irwin and calls the Scotland Yard, assuming that his cousin had poisoned his wife. Irwin and Margaret decide to hide the truth to avoid an exposition of their financial situation, moving to a low-budget hotel in the Chinese neighborhood, getting into trouble. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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20 March 1939 (USA)  »

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Bizarre, Bizarre  »

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The Bishop: Moi j'ai dit bizarre, bizarre ? Comme c'est étrange... Pourquoi aurais-je dit bizarre, bizarre ?
Molyneux (Michel Simon): Je vous assure, cher cousin, que vous avez dit bizarre, bizarre.
The Bishop: Moi j'ai dit bizarre ? Comme c'est bizarre...
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Referenced in Un compositeur pour le cinéma: Maurice Jaubert (1985) See more »

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Complainte
Written by Jacques Prévert
Composed by Maurice Jaubert
Performed by Agnès Capri
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Delightfully Bizarre, Anti-British Foolery
18 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Spoofs are generally not popular with the masses (except when Crosby/Hope or Abbott/Costello or Woody Allen are doing the spoofing) so it's no surprise to discover there exist few box-office viable spoofs of film noir. (I know people will claim Alexander Mackendrick's 1955 The Ladykillers, but this is actually a marvelous spoof of crime caper movies. Otto Heller's photographic style not only shines brightly into every nook and cranny, but the story always goes for the belly laugh rather than the jugular vein). A notable exception is the Marcel Carné 1937 Drole de Drame, in which one of the finest casts ever assembled – Jouvet, Simon, Rosay, Barrault, Aumont, and the lovely Nadine Vogel (who made only four movies, of which this is her debut) wrestle with a delightfully ridiculous plot that manages to get wilder and wilder as it progresses from pugnacious snobbery through blatant hypocrisy to the most ridiculous cop shop misinvestigation ever presented on a big-budget theatre screen. Schuftann's atmospheric, noir photography and Trauner's nightmarishly sprawling sets rival any similar creations from Berlin or Hollywood. The movie is chock full of bizarre touches, but the one that tickled me best was the sleeping journo, most amusingly played by Henri Guisol (who enjoyed quite a career in French who-dun-its and noir).


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