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Bargekeepers Daughter (1938)

Éducation de prince (original title)
Prince Sacha studies in Paris and cares more for Marianne than about Silistrie, the country his family was exiled from. But Chautard, a French financier, who has business there (the country... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elvire Popesco ...
André Alerme ...
Chautard (as Alerme)
Fernand Charpin ...
Honorat (as Charpin)
Marianne Honorat
Robert Lynen ...
Le prince Sacha
Mireille Perrey ...
Gisèle Beryl
Le génral Braoulitch
Jean Témerson ...
Hector, le valet de chambre
Sylvain Itkine ...
Le professeur Mehara
Marcel Barencey ...
Le général destitué (as Barencey)
Paul Escoffier
Jean Daurand ...
Le camarade de Marianne
Georges Douking ...
Pierre Ferval ...
Le maître d'hôtel du Ritz


Prince Sacha studies in Paris and cares more for Marianne than about Silistrie, the country his family was exiled from. But Chautard, a French financier, who has business there (the country is rich in oil), wouldn't mind a little political stability. So why not restore the ancient royal family to the throne? But is Prince Sacha up to his role ? And will Marianne make a suitable princess? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

5 September 1945 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Wide Range System)

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1.37 : 1
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French visa # 6689. See more »


Marianne Honorat: Do you really believe I will be a... proper Queen?
Le prince Sacha: What are your capabilities?
Marianne Honorat: I can knit pullovers, do good home cooking and solve cubic equations.
Le prince Sacha: That's more than enough!
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Remake of Education of a Prince (1927) See more »

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28 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

..is the Silistrian word for "no retreat no surrender" .Sillistrie is an imaginary country located in Central Europa (probably because Elvire Popesco who plays the queen was Rumanian ).

It will be very hard to support a film which got a very poor rating .But I will try.

"EDucation de Prince" is a witty funny little comedy .The cast and credits are impressive :Carlo Rim,HG Clouzot are among the writers,and the actors include Louis Jouvet,Popesco,Robert Lynen (Duvivier's "Poil de Carotte" ) ,Josette Day (Cocteau's female lead in "la Belle et la Bête" ),Charpin,all excellent.The lines are sometimes full of humor,with more subjunctive imperfects than in any other movie I know.

Sillistrie is a country where coups d'Etat are frequent.Sillistrie would not be that much important a country if they had not oil there.(fortunately ,we have not such problems with oil nowadays).A French financier who has business in this foreign country (such a situation would be unthinkable today) wants this chocolate box land to gain political stability:so why not take back the ancient royal family of the country -the queen mother and the prince- to their old country?

The prince is a naughty student who gets mixed in politics -that is to say in "riots" with his buddies - He has got everything to learn to be a king,from the language (the first three minutes are in Sillistrian,which must have puzzled the audience at the time) to the etiquette.

Alas the prince is in love with Marianne (what a name!It's the symbol of republic in France!) .And she prefers the simple joys of life and enjoys a stroll in the country.

Dig the last lines:

-Do you think I'll be a good queen?

-What can you do?

  • I can knit sweaters, I know good plain cooking,and I can solve a

quadratic equation

-It's more than we need!

NB:Alexandre Esway,who directed this movie ,co-directed "Mauvaise Graine",the very first movie by Billy Wilder!

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