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Johnny Frenchman (1945)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  29 October 1945 (UK)
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The fisherman from a Cornish village have a friendly rivalry with the fishermen (and one formidable woman) from a French port. Then war comes and they must all rethink their petty differences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Rosay ...
Tom Walls ...
Patricia Roc ...
Sue Pomeroy
Ralph Michael ...
Bob Tremayne
Paul Dupuis ...
Yan Kervarec
Frederick Piper ...
Zacky Penrose
Arthur Hambling ...
Steven Matthews
Richard George ...
Charlie West
Bill Blewitt ...
Dick Trewhiddle
James Harcourt ...
Joe Pender
Richard Harrison ...
Tim Bassett
Stan Paskin ...
Sam Olds (as Stanley Paskin)
James Knight ...
Tom Hocking
Leslie Harcourt ...
Jack Nicholas
John Stone ...
Sam Harvey


There is always rivalry between the Cornish and Breton fishermen, but the two factions have a routine ebb and flow of civil hostility until the breach is widened by the announced marriage of a Breton son to a Cornish maiden. It takes the outbreak of World War II to unite the sides against a common enemy, Nazi Germany. Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | War


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29 October 1945 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Florrie fra Bretagne  »

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Very decent old movie that is worth watching
11 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful old film about French and English in Cornwall, living side-by-side and arguing over fishing rights. Light-hearted moments are included, such as an Englishman telling a derogatory joke about French and none of the French laugh at it, and he hedges and haws his way on through his speech, a neighborly sporting event and a concert cancelled because the performers fought during rehearsal. The movie may seem to focus on the young Frenchman and the English lass and their romance, but the real stars are his French mother and her English father. Fran Rosay as the French mother especially compels the movie right up until the end. There are no Hollywood stars in here to steal the show, not even a recognizeable face or two. What a treat. If it ever comes on again, make plans to set a program to record it and watch it later. I had this and Buster Crabbe's Tarzan on tape at the same time, and, thinking I would watch the best one last, I watched Johnny Frenchman first. Turns out, I should have watched Buster Crabbe first! Johnny Frenchman was a delight.

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