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The film was started on 20th May 1940 but interrupted because of the war. It was only resumed on 13th August of the same year with Line Noro replacing Betty Daussmond in the role of Marie Mazel. The film was released in France unoccupied zone in December 1940, but only in April 1941 in the occupied zone. See more »
Pagnol is on record as saying that his stories are essentially simple about simple people and here he gives us Marius under another name; Pascal hopes that his daughter Patricia will eventually marry his assistant Felipe despite the fact that Felipe is on the cusp of middle age and not the soundest bucket in the well. Patricia however falls for Jacques so much so that she winds up slightly pregnant as both men leave for the front. Eventually they hear that Jacques has made the ultimate sacrifice for France and it looks like wedding bells for Felipe and Patricia but wait ... who's that on the horizon, surely not Martin Guerre. Okay, it's hoke and we've seen it before - let's face it, Pagnol himself got a Trilogy out of this one - but as always it's not what you say but how you tell it and WHO you get to tell it and here Pagnol got the best in the business, Raimu as Pascal, Fernandel as Felipe and Charpin as Mr. Mazel, father of Jacques. These guys could read The Farmer's Almanac to camera and make it sound good. Yet another from Our Man In Scandinavia to whom much thanks.
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