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The French Way (1945)

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




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Credited cast:
Claire Ancelot (as Micheline Prelle)
Bernard Dalban
Raymond Aimos ...
Honoré Petru (as Aimos)
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Madame Ancelot
Monsieur Dalban
Marguerite Pierry ...
Mademoiselle Espérajou
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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5 September 1952 (USA)  »

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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 »


Written by Wal Berg
Sung and danced with chorus by Josephine Baker
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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.

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