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Le schpountz (1938)

Passed | | Comedy | 4 September 1939 (USA)
Meeting a movie team on location near his house, a young man saw a lots of encouragment for his dreaming carreer as a movie star in what was only sarcasm from the members of the team. (This... See full summary »

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Orane Demazis ...
Françoise
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L'oncle Baptiste Fabre (as Charpin)
Léon Belières ...
Meyerboom
Enrico Glori ...
Bodigar Glazunoff
Robert Vattier ...
Astruc
Marcel Maupi ...
Le barman
Louisard ...
Charlet
Henri Poupon ...
Galubert
Robert Bassac ...
Dromart
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Martelette (as Blavette)
Jean Castan ...
Casimir Fabre
André Pollack ...
L'avoué (as Pollack)
Charblay ...
Adolphe, le portier du studio
Tyrand ...
Le pape (as Tyran)
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Meeting a movie team on location near his house, a young man saw a lots of encouragment for his dreaming carreer as a movie star in what was only sarcasm from the members of the team. (This is the caracteristic of a schountz: someone who see himself as a born movie comedian and is blind on the critics to his dream) After he has signed a fake contract which he blindly take as genuine even if it is ridiculous, he starts to Paris without money to make his carreer. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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4 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Heartbeat  »

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| (1939) | (TCM print) | (premiere)

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(Philips Soundsystem)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Schpountz" is Slavonic slang for a simple person. See more »

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Unavailable for the second shooting (see trivia entry), Pierre Brasseur was replaced by Roger Forster but some of the shots involving Brasseur were still used. See more »

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Remade as Le schpountz (1999) See more »

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15 September 2001 | by (illinois) – See all my reviews

I like this film. It stands out as something completely different in the catalog of Pagnol films - not quite free of the heavy sentiment, but approaching being truly screwball. Irenee's idiotic hopefulness isn't as touching as it is funny - a triumph of Fernandel's hulking gawkiness. Somewhere out there the Marx Brothers, Alphonse Allais and Mark Twain are probably smiling.


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