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Noël-Noël ...
Micheline Francey ...
Micheline
René Génin ...
René Blancard ...
Marguerite Ducouret ...
La mère de Micheline
Marcelle Praince ...
La présidente
Marthe Mellot ...
Mère Marie
Michel François ...
Eloi Lequerec
Georges Paulais ...
Monsieur Langlois
André Nicolle ...
Monsieur de la Prade
Richard Francoeur ...
Monsieur de Mazère
Georges Jamin ...
Régent (as Jamin)
Henry Prestat ...
(as Prestat)
Jean Morel ...
Le nouveau directeur (as Morel)
Henri Coutet ...
(as Coutet)
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6 September 1945 (France)  »

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A Cage of Nightingales  »

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1.37 : 1
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The film was the co-winner of the Prix Désiré, awarded for the first and only time in 1944.. The other co-winner was Children of Paradise (1945). See more »

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Remade as The Chorus (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La Nuit
Performed by Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
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The supervisor does not work wonders,neither does the film.
17 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie features a bunch of children locked up in a reform school under a nasty headmaster's thumb;then comes a very nice human supervisor played by Noël-Noël .And presto ,the naughty brats become angels with golden voices who set up a choir ,and the distinguished old ladies who visit the school are on cloud nine ,well,you get the picture.

First thing to bear in mind is that these children were professional singers:all of them were part of "les petits chanteurs à la croix de bois" (the little singers with the wooden cross),so do not be fooled,the supervisor is not in any way responsible for their prowesses. Well the plot is not unlike "going my way" ,except that the main actor is not a singer like Bing Crosby.This mushy weepie ,which seems sometimes unbearable -but not more than,say,"dead poets society"-,is typical Occupation cinema ,the likes of "le voile bleu".It's a return to good old morality:individuality is condemned,everyone must be part of the group,the choir becoming a transparent metaphor .The ending in the church is almost sirkesque.

Remade (or almost) as "les choristes"


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