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The American Beauty (1961)

La belle Américaine (original title)
Marcel, a simple-minded factory worker, is tricked into buying a high-priced American convertible by a widow determined not to let it fall into the hands of her late husband's secretary/... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Adam ...
Alfred
Colette Brosset ...
Paulette Perrignon
Robert Burnier ...
Houche
Pierre Dac ...
le colonel
Eliane D'Almeida ...
Simone (as Éliane d'Almeida)
Bernard Dhéran ...
M. Jean
Robert Dhéry ...
Marcel Perrignon
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Mme Lucanzas
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Le gros / Fatso
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Les frères Viralot, le secrétaire du commissariat et le chef du personnel
Bernard Lavalette ...
Le ministre du commerce
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Chougnasse, le chef comptable
Jacques Legras ...
Riri, le cafetier
Christian Marin ...
Pierrot
Jean Richard ...
le serrurier
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Marcel, a simple-minded factory worker, is tricked into buying a high-priced American convertible by a widow determined not to let it fall into the hands of her late husband's secretary/secret lover. Once in possession of the car, Marcel only encounters one bad luck episode after another with the excessive gasoline consumption, his wife trying to sell it to make ends meet, getting into traffic jams, accidentally riding into a car wash with the top down, and more. Written by Anonymous

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29 September 1961 (France)  »

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Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.20 (1961) See more »

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La Belle Americaine.
18 September 2015 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

-La Belle Américaine English: The American Beauty, is a French comedy film from 1961, directed by Robert Dhéry, written by Alfred Adam, starring Alfred Adam and Louis de Funès. The film was known under the titles: "La bella americana" (Italy), "The American Beauty" (English title), "Der tolle Amerikaner" (West Germany).

Plot: -The wife of a rich man learns that her husband has an affair with a younger woman. She takes revenge on him by selling his beloved big car for little money. The worker Marcel Perrignon is very happy about this bargain but when his boss sees the car he envies him and Perrignon gets fired. This is the start of a number of mishaps for Perrignon.


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