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Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jacques Bonnard
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Uncle Desmond Bonnard
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Susan Bonnard
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Robert 'Bibi' Bonnard
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Mignonette Chappuis
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Uncle Louis Bonnard
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Grandpere Bonnard
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Felice Bonnard
Jack Raine ...
Mr. Frye - School Principal
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Alfred Grattin
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Peggy O'Hare
Gene Collins ...
Jimmy Bishop
Ann Faber ...
Yvonne Bonnard
Kathryn Sheldon ...
Miss Tate - Schoolteacher
Edward Clark ...
Dr. Marchaud
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Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's infatuated with the beautiful new maid, fleeing life as a magician's assistant. Robert's mother bemoans some of the Bonnard family male role models available to Robert: his party animal grandfather, roguish traveling salesman uncle Desmond, and an uncle who carries a water cooler filled with wine everywhere while his wife does all the work. As Desmond's temporarily off the road, he also targets the maid. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

3 December 1952 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Mein Sohn entdeckt die Liebe  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Uncle Desmond Bonnard: What's the occasion, this time?
Grandpere Bonnard: The Widow Latouche is waiting; I'm late.
Uncle Desmond Bonnard: Ho ho ho! It will unscrew your billiard table!
Uncle Louis Bonnard: Believe me, not even a young man can go out every night dancing and never sleep. Something will collapse: maybe the arteries or the veins...
Grandpere Bonnard: The one who knows of a better way to die-will he step forward?
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Soundtracks

Invitation to the Dance
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Music by Carl Maria von Weber
Arranged by John Leipold
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One of my most memorable movies
11 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this for X decades and remember it with huge delight. I am now going to find a copy so I can see it again. A gentle, weighty movie - in my memory as long as I last. The performances of Boyer, Jourdan and all the others make it a must watch movie. For sentimentalists and for all film lovers. By modern standards this might not be a top notch film, however it is, by any standards, a really watchable and rewarding experience. You will not be able to resist the development of the characters and how they deal with the interpersonal relationships. By the skill of their acting and the subtlety of the direction this is a "must see"


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