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Her First Affair (1941)

Premier rendez-vous (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 20 February 1947 (USA)
Micheline Chevassu is a young, naive woman living in an orphanage. Through classified ads, she has a date with an unknown man. She escapes from the orphanage to go to it, dreaming of the ... See full summary »



(German post-synchronized version), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Director: Henri Decoin
Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, Jacques Castelot


Complete credited cast:
Rosine Luguet ...
La directrice de l'orphelinat
Suzanne Dehelly ...
Mademoiselle Christophine
Nicolas Rougemont
Jean Tissier ...
Pierre Rougemont
Jean Parédès ...
Max de Vatremont
Sophie Desmarets ...
Henriette Lefranc (as Jacqueline Desmarets)
Elisa Ruis ...
Mademoiselle Marie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Simone Valère ...
Une pensionnaire de l'orphelinat


Micheline Chevassu is a young, naive woman living in an orphanage. Through classified ads, she has a date with an unknown man. She escapes from the orphanage to go to it, dreaming of the Prince Charming. But comes Nicolas Rougemont, an unattractive middle-aged man... He pretends not to be the author of the letters, who could not come... Written by Yepok

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20 February 1947 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Presented at the Cabourg Film Festival (France, 1998); See more »


Referenced in La joie de vivre: Henri Decoin (1956) See more »


Chanson d'espoir
Music by René Sylviano
Lyrics by Louis Poterat
Published by Editions Continental (1941)
Performed by Danielle Darrieux
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Charming comedy
7 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Premier Rendez-Vous" was made to show Danielle Darrieux to advantage :she was the star of the era and the director's then wife.But its screenplay is extremely well written ,full of humor ,and it's a comedy which compares favorably to the best contemporary American ones.A topflight supporting cast includes Fernand Ledoux,Louis Jourdan-later the par excellence Hollywood French lover-,Gabrielle Dorziat and ,uncredited ,Daniel Gélin and Georges Marchal among others.

Micheline is an orphan;to brighten her life,she has engaged a lengthy correspondence with a young man .She pretends she comes from a good family.One day she has a rendezvous with him and she escapes from the orphanage.She meets a man in a café :an old less-than-handsome man;he pretends he is not the one she's looking for.He is a Literature teacher in a high school for rich kids (male only).He takes Micheline to his home where she's got to hide cause he lives next to the school.

Good scenes: Micheline asking for a Manhattan (cocktail) in a lousy bistro cause that's what chic girls drink;an orphan,pretending to be fainting so as to allow Micheline to leave the rows;the heroine ,dressed up as a boy ,visiting the school (a scene that should have been more developed).

But behind the scenes,the other Henry Decoin appears.In France he's best remembered for his films noirs ("la Verite sur Bebe Donge" "non Coupable""les Inconnus dans la Maison" "La Fille du Diable"....)"Premier Rendez-vous" is admittedly a comedy ,but there are already elements of what will be developed later: Micheline's arrival in the teacher's house and the disturbing lighting effects;the teacher's humiliations.

Darrieux sings the title tune which was a big hit at a time when charts did not exist.Though old-fashioned,the song retains a certain freshness.

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