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Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)

Drôle de drame (original title)
In Victorian London, a Crime Novelist and his Wife fake their disappearance in order to hide from an uptight Anglican Bishop who is leading a campaign against the "evils" of crime fiction.

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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
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L'inspecteur-chef Bray (as Alcover)
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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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A sly French farce burlesquing the British

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20 March 1939 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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
Music by Maurice Jaubert
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
Performed by Agnès Capri
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despite some plot holes, a fabulously screwy movie
31 August 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Boy do I love French movies from the mid-late 1930s. They were typified by wonderful cinematography, excellent sets and magical stories. Artistically, many of them are at least as good as anything Hollywood had to offer.

A fantastic example of my appreciation of this older style is this movie, Drôle de Drame. Like such great 30s French films as The Baker's Wife, the film abounds with WONDERFUL and very colorful supporting characters. Are they altogether realistic, NOT IN THE LEAST--but they are wonderful, nevertheless. They remind me a lot of the odd characters you might find in films by Frank Capra or Preston Sturgis. The silliness of the film also reminds me of films like Arsenic and Old Lace or Bringing Up Baby--and this a a STRONG complement indeed! In addition, this film is a delight on the eyes--with BETTER than Hollywood camera and set design--it just looks marvelous! So, despite all these positives why does it only get a 9?! Well, the plot is really cute but full of holes. In other words, the fundamental plot element leading to all the hilarity just isn't logical. BUT, WHO CARES?! It's so cute, well-made and the ride is so much fun, I really didn't care and I strongly recommend this film to anyone.

I would try to discuss the plot, but considering how weird and convoluted it is, I think it best not to even try.

FYI--for parents, there is a brief nude scene involving a charming serial killer swimming naked in a goldfish pond (!). You get to see this guy's tush--so, if you do NOT want the kiddies seeing this, either speed the DVD up when Mrs. Molyneux enters the greenhouse or try another film. It is VERY brief, though.


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