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jotix100 from New York
24 January 2008
Josette, the sophisticated singer has attracted the attention of David
Brassard senior. His two sons vow to get him away from the clutches of
this woman who threatens to waste their father's fortune. In order to
do so, they decide to go to the Silver Moon night club seeking to talk
to Josette, not realizing the older Brassard has gone after the
chanteuse to New York.
Meanwhile, back at the cabaret, Barney Barnaby, its owner, finds
himself in a mess trying to replace the headliner without much luck.
Never fear, May Morris, a minor performer, suggests he hires the sweet
Renee, a choir singer, to impersonate the absent Josette. It's at this
moment when the younger Brassards, David and Pierre, decide to have it
out with the singer, but in fact neither brother knows about the real
identity of the fake Josette.
As it turns out, Pierre, falls heads over heels for Renee. In fact,
Renee has a mind of her own and sees the quality in the more grounded
brother, David, who in turn falls in love with the sweet young woman,
not before having to fight for her with his own brother.
"Josette", directed by Alan Dawn, is a seldom shown movie from the late
1930s that has a lot going for it thanks to the wonderful cast. This
was one of the few films in which French star Michelle Simon appeared
in American pictures. She was a charismatic presence who holds her own
opposite of two great comedians of the time, Don Ameche and Robert
Young. The result is a delightful comedy that is worth a look because
of the talented cast that was assembled. Also, in minor roles, a
wonderful Bert Lahr, the amazing Joan Davis, William Demarest and
William Collier, among others.
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