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The Cow and I (1959)

La vache et le prisonnier (original title)
In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.

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Complete credited cast:
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Charles Bailly - prisonnier de guerre
Pierre-Louis ...
Hauptmann Müller - évadé déguisé en SS (as Pierre Louis)
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Josepha alias 'Marlène' - la fermière
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Helga
Heinrich Gretler ...
Bockmann
Richard Winckler ...
Hauptmann Rupp - évadé déguisé en SS
Bernard Musson ...
Pommier - prisonnier de guerre
Maurice Nasil ...
Bertoux - prisonnier de guerre
René Havard ...
Vicomte Bussière - prisonnier de guerre
Albert Rémy ...
Colinet - prisonnier de guerre dans la scierie
Franziska Kinz ...
La Mere d'Helga
Benno Hoffmann ...
Un Garde
Franz Muxeneder ...
(scenes deleted)
Marcel Rouzé
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Marguerite ...
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In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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FERNANDEL MEETS MARGUERITE...And only the broadminded French could tell the whole story of their very unusual and hilarious romance!

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16 December 1959 (France)  »

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How to get unnoticed
13 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is Fernandel's blockbuster.Even before the war,none of his movies had made so much money.

Further detailed retrospection indicates that "La Vache et le Prisonnier" thoroughly deserved its success.Even today,when it is on TV ,it attracts figures of million people.It is not certainly weaker than Renoir's "Le Caporal Epinglé" although Verneuil is not considered an "auteur".

During WW2, a prisoner tries to escape from Germany.It will not be a "great escape" .To get unnoticed he will travel with a cow called Marguerite (=Daisy).This unusual pairing en route to the man's homeland is not out of the woods.

Based on a true story, this entertaining movie features an unexpected funny (or sad more like!) ending.

The whole family can enjoy it:the children will love Marguerite.


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