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Sacha Guitry (writer)
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1939 (USA) See more »
The battle of the sexes as drawing room social satire. Philippe, a middle-aged newspaper editor, has lived for six years with Paulette... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Sacha Guitry ... Philippe de Morannes

Gaby Morlay ... Paulette Nanteuil
Jacqueline Delubac ... Claudine André
Georges Grey ... Carl Erickson (as George Grey)
Pauline Carton ... La femme de chambre de l'hôtel
Jacques Vitry ... Le docteur
Louis Baldy ... Durmel
Julien Rivière ... Le maître d'hôtel
Louis Vonelly ... Le chef de réception
Paul Alex ... Le concierge
Marc Hélin ... Un chasseur
Pierre Huchet ... Un valet de chambre
Georges Lemaire ... Le régisseur
Marie-Claire Pissaro ... Une femme de chambre
Clary Monthal ... Une habilleuse
Marguerite Templey ... Madame de Germond
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adolphe Borchard ... Lui-même dans le générique
Robert Lefebvre ... Lui-même dans le générique

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sacha Guitry  writer

Produced by
Emile Natan .... producer
Joseph Spigler .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Adolphe Borchard 
Cinematography by
Robert Lefebvre  (as Robert Le Febvre)
Film Editing by
Myriam Borsoutsky  (as Myriam)
Production Design by
Jean Perrier 
Production Management
Julien Rivière .... unit manager (as J. Rivière)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Étiévant .... assistant director
Sound Department
Antoine Archimbaud .... sound (as Archimbaud)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Bauer .... camera operator
Léon Bellet .... assistant camera (as Bellet)
Jean Brévignon .... assistant camera (as Brévignon)
Roger Kahan .... still photographer
Music Department
Ray Ventura Orchestra .... orchestrator (as Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens)
Ray Ventura Orchestra .... original songs performed by (as Ray Ventura et ses Collégiens)
Other crew
Guy Lacourt .... administrator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone)

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Movie Connections:
Remade as Quadrille (1997)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This movie is a stitch!, 21 September 2010
Author: richard-1787 ( from United States

No, it's not Les Règles du jeu or one of the great classics of the French cinema. But this movie is FUNNY!!! In a very Guitryesque, nasty sort of way. The humor of the dialogue is truly brilliant - though of course Guitry gives himself all the best lines. But there are a lot of them, and they are often devastatingly funny.

There is not so much a plot as a situation, THE situation of French farce: Guitry plays what he is, an older man, whose mistress (Gaby Morlay) meets a young American movie star and falls in love with him. Guitry must come to terms with that, but it's not too painful, as he has just fallen in love with his lover's best friend, Delubec, who, quite frankly, is far more attractive than Morlay and far more interesting. So everyone wins.

As do the viewers, because the situations provoke one devastatingly clever bon mot after the next, mostly from Guitry.

This is not French for beginners. Guitry and Delubuc speak as fast as is humanly possible, though with a clarity of diction that speaks to their training in the theater. I don't know how funny this would be if you had to read the subtitles, as you would lose all the inflections, which are half the humor. But if you can follow it in French, you will have one very enjoyable hour and 40 some minutes.

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