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Heroes of the Marne (1938)
"Le héros de la Marne" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  23 April 1939 (USA)
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Bernard Lefrancois is a prosperous farmer on the River Marne, while his neighbor is impoverished. Lefrancois objects strongly to the romance between his son and the neighbor's daughter, but... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Albert Bassermann ...
Col. von Gelow
Germaine Dermoz ...
Suzanne Lefrançois
Jacqueline Porel ...
Hélène Bardin
Bernard Lancret ...
Jean Lefrançois
Paul Cambo ...
Pierre Lefrançois
Denis d'Inès ...
L'abbé Ribon (as Denis d'Inès de la Comédie Française)
Georges Péclet ...
Jules Védrines
Fernand Fabre ...
L'officier prisonnier
Jean Toulout ...
L'officier allemand
Georges Paulais ...
Gallieni (as Paulais)
Camille Bert ...
Fransined ...
Le Marseillais
Catherine Fonteney ...
L'infirmière (as Catherine Fonteney de la Comédie Française)
Édouard Delmont ...
Le père Bardin


Bernard Lefrancois is a prosperous farmer on the River Marne, while his neighbor is impoverished. Lefrancois objects strongly to the romance between his son and the neighbor's daughter, but it continues in secret. WWI begins and the son becomes an aviator with the French army, and the unwed girl presents Lefrancois with an unexpected grandchild. The German army occupies the area, and the girl is serving France as a spy and securing information needed by the French to drive out the Germans. While his son is engaged in air-combat against the Germans, and the unwed mother of his grandchild is serving as a spy against their country's enemy, Lefrancois also joins the battle as a soldier. Written by Les Adams <>

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23 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Love is blind
11 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

André Hugon made the first French talkie in 1929,"Les Trois Masques".A writer ,the screenplay of " Le Heros De La Marne" was based on his own novel.

Released in 1938,as a propaganda work,it shows WW1 in a way diametrically opposite to Raymond Bernard 's " Les Croix De Bois" and Abel Gance's "J'Accuse" .The horrors of WW1,the hell in the trenches are passed over in silence ;there are long scenes in the staff headquarters instead.

As for the story,it is a melodrama,to make you cry your eyes out:it begins like many Pagnol movies in which a girl got pregnant and the boy's dad does not want to hear about it ;both of them (the lovers) become heroes (hence the title) during the war ,the woman in a thoroughly implausible way:you should see her cross the lines of defense or implore the vicar's help.

Raimu portrays the ruthless dad ,who finally enlists and goes blind ."God punished me"he said.He was too blind to see that his son's love for Helene was true ;if it were not enough,the scene in the Church where the priest praises the heroic fighter pilot proves him definitely that the lovers did not live in sin.

For Raimu's completists.

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