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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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Another oddity from Val Lewton based on two DeMaupassant stories... 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:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

FAQ

Why does von Eyrick say "Fi, fi donc!"?
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Another oddity from Val Lewton based on two DeMaupassant stories..., 15 January 2008
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

SIMONE SIMON, who gained so much fame from her "Cat People" persona and a subsequent film called "Curse of the Cat People", appears here in an uneven costume drama adapted from two Guy DeMaupassant stories about class differences at the time of the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 and a young woman who has to assert herself when the going gets rough. She shows spirit in her offbeat role and the cast is a good one, featuring JOHN EMERY, ALAN NAPIER, KURT KREUGER and JASON ROBARDS, SR.

The coach scene that takes up the first twenty minutes or so of the story is reminiscent of "Stagecoach" in which the characters behave snobbishly toward Claire Trevor, as the prostitute with a heart of gold. Here it's SIMONE SIMON as a laundress with her own sense of pride, refusing to deal with the Prussians or Germans on any level, not even willing to do their laundry. Only when she offers food and drink to the other passengers, do they begin to find any good in her, at least temporarily.

Her loyalty to France makes her resist the request of the Prussian officer, KURT KREUGER, to dine with them when the passengers must stay over at an inn. The other passengers get together and force her to humble her patriotism for the sake of letting them go on with their journey. She complies and the next day when they resume their journey, the others are ungrateful to her and treat her shabbily again. JOHN EMERY tells them off and leaves the coach to meet up with her. She refuses to accept his apology for not taking a stronger stand in the resistance movement but changes her mind later when he does prove to be heroic.

The resistance message seems to reflect the type of WWII propaganda films Hollywood churned out during this period, but the film is an odd mixture of costume drama and patriotism under fire.

Not exactly a ground breaker, but interesting, especially for fans of Simone Simon's screen persona. Just why this particular story interested Val Lewton, considering his background as a man who preferred making horror films, is not clear to me.

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