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Director:
Writers:
Guy de Maupassant (short stories "Mademoiselle Fifi" and "Boule de Suif")
Josef Mischel (screenplay) ...
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She faced a question as old as Eve!
Plot:
In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fifi donc! See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Simone Simon ... Elisabeth Rousset
John Emery ... Jean Cornudet
Kurt Kreuger ... Lt. von Eyrick - Called 'Fifi'

Alan Napier ... The Count de Breville
Helen Freeman ... The Countess de Breville
Jason Robards Sr. ... A Wholesaler in Wines (as Jason Robards)

Norma Varden ... The Wholesaler's Wife
Romaine Callender ... A Manufacturer
Fay Helm ... The Manufacturer's Wife
Edmund Glover ... A Young Priest
Charles Waldron ... The Curé of Cleresville
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Allen ... Soldier (uncredited)
Lillian Bronson ... Mme. Follenvie (uncredited)
Tom Burton ... Uhlan (uncredited)

Marc Cramer ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Victor Cutler ... Soldier Waiter (uncredited)
Richard Drumm ... German Sentry (uncredited)
John Good ... Fritz (uncredited)
Daun Kennedy ... Maid (uncredited)
Rosemary La Planche ... Amanda (uncredited)
Margaret Landry ... Eva (uncredited)
Allan Lee ... Hostler (uncredited)
Marie Lund ... Helene (uncredited)
Paul Marion ... Devoir (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Sergeant at Inn (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... M. Follenvie (uncredited)
Margie Stewart ... Pamela (uncredited)
William von Wymetal ... The Major (uncredited)
Alan Ward ... Coach Driver (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... The Captain (uncredited)
Violette Wilson ... Aunt Marie (uncredited)
Steve Winston ... Uhlan (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Guy de Maupassant (short stories "Mademoiselle Fifi" and "Boule de Suif")

Josef Mischel (screenplay) and
Peter Ruric (screenplay)

Produced by
Val Lewton .... producer
Sid Rogell .... supervising producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann  (as Werner Heymann)
 
Cinematography by
Harry J. Wild (director of photography) (as Harry Wild)
 
Film Editing by
J.R. Whittredge 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter E. Keller 
 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields  (as Al Fields)
Darrell Silvera 
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Alice Monte .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Ruman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Francis M. Sarver .... sound recordist
James G. Stewart .... sound re-recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
 
Other crew
Carl F. Cook .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Spain:13 | USA:Approved (PCA #10066) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in It's a Great Feeling (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
Drinking SongSee more »

FAQ

Why does von Eyrick say "Fi, fi donc!"?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Fifi donc!, 1 January 2007
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Simone Simon doesn't take the title role in Mademoiselle Fifi – that dubious honour goes to Kurt Krueger – but it's still her best role outside of the Cat People films. A rare non-horror credit for Val Lewton, it's a well-mounted and surprisingly effective combination of two of Guy De Maupassant's stories about passive resistance in the Franco-Prussian war that works as an effective WW2 propaganda piece. Simon's character may have been changed from a plump prostitute to a petite laundress (this was the 1940s, after all), but the first half, based on the story that inspired Stagecoach, is still a remarkably effective adaptation that segues comfortably into the second story, linking them both by a battle of wills with the titular bored Prussian officer who wants the population to submit to his whims purely as a mark of obsequiousness. Nicely directed by Robert Wise, it deserves to be much better known and it's a shame that Warners couldn't find a place for it on their Val Lewton boxed set, though Editions Montparnasse's French DVD is an acceptable transfer.

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