Up 31,550 this week

The French Way (1945)
"Fausse alerte" (original title)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 17 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Cabaret star Zazu intervenes when young lovers are sundered by their parents' feud.


0Check in

Family Entertainment Guide

Check out IMDb's comprehensive Family Entertainment Guide for recommendations for movies and TV series for every age and every viewing platform.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

Related Items

Search for "The French Way" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The French Way (1945)

The French Way (1945) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The French Way.


Credited cast:
Claire Ancelot (as Micheline Prelle)
Georges Marchal ...
Bernard Dalban
Raymond Aimos ...
Honoré Petru (as Aimos)
Jean Tissier ...
Gabrielle Dorziat ...
Madame Ancelot
Saturnin Fabre ...
Monsieur Dalban
Marguerite Pierry ...
Mademoiselle Espérajou
Lucien Baroux ...
Léon, le clochard
Yves Deniaud ...
Le journaliste
Palmyre Levasseur ...
La patronne du bistrot
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rivers Cadet
Alice Didier
Marcelle Monthil
Georges Paulais


World War II has begun, but Parisian neighbors Dalban (biographer of Napoleon) and Mme. Ancelot still feud over his claim that her great- great-grandmother did *not* sleep with the Emperor! Their underage children Claire and Bernard are in love, but cannot marry over their parents' opposition. Dalban enlists beautiful cabaret star Zazu to divert Bernard's attention with a showgirl. But Zazu has her own ideas about young love...and strange things happen in air-raid shelters! Written by Rod Crawford <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

paris france | world war two | See All (2) »


Comedy | Romance





Release Date:

5 September 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The French Way  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film was shot in 1940 but its released delayed because of the war. It was eventually released in June 1945. See more »


Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999) See more »


Unidentified song, sung by Josephine Baker
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

very 40's style French comedy
9 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No, this isn't a Josephine Baker vehicle, but neither is she just a cameo. It's an ensemble film, and she fits in well, adding her spirit and charm without upstaging any of the rest of the cast.

French sophisticated comedy was a different flavor from the American screwball comedy of the period, but just as funny if you understand the French outlook. More understated, more accepting of folly as the status quo.

Basically this is a Romeo & Juliette tale. The feud between the families arose because the father of the young man published research proving that the great-x-grandmother of the young woman had NOT had an affair with Napoleon. This was seen by mademoiselle's mama as besmirching the honor/sustaining-myth of her family. If this premise doesn't at least make you smile, then this isn't the film for you.

Being comedy rather than tragedy, of course the lovers manage, with the aid of Baker, a charming clochard (hobo), and a couple of air-raids, to finally bring the families together so they can marry.

Not a great film, but not a bad one either; a reasonable evening's entertainment if you like the Gallic take on life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The French Way (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: