Jackie Gleason plays a mute janitor who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute.

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Katherine Kath ...
Colette
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Madame Brigitte
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Gaston
Jacques Marin ...
Jean
Albert Rémy ...
Alphonse (as Albert Remy)
Yvonne Constant ...
Lucille Duval
Germaine Delbat ...
Madame Greuze
Albert Dinan ...
Bistro Proprietor
Diane Gardner ...
Nicole
Frank Villard ...
Pierre (as Franck Villard)
Camille Guérini ...
Priest (as Camille Guerini)
René Havard ...
Albert
Louis Falavigna ...
Monsieur Duval
Jean Michaud ...
Gendarme
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A poignant comedy about a mute who befriends Nicole, the little daughter of a prostitute. Gleason shows his considerable talents as an actor without uttering a sound as he plays the bumbling, kind-hearted janitor, Gigot. Gleason wrote the original story and music for this film. Written by Charlie Watkins <watkinsck@msn.com>

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A new joy has come to the screen... and the world is a happier place to live in!

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Gleason is wonderful, Katherine Kath an amazing child actress...
11 August 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Affected, slightly overblown and mawkish, Gene Kelly's sentimental comedy "Gigot" manages to hit most of its funny/weepy targets due to a wordlessly wonderful leading performance by Jackie Gleason. Playing a mute caretaker in Paris, child-like Gleason befriends a prostitute and her young daughter (Katherine Kath, displaying lovely, solemn grace). Filmed in beautifully saturated colors, "Gigot" isn't immediately thought of as a natural fit for its star, and indeed many professional critics lambasted Gleason on the attempt alone, but The Great One is a marvel to watch. His sensitivity to this character seems quite heartfelt and, while director Kelly isn't really interested in subtleties, Gleason isn't the over-the-top comedian here; he's eager to please, but also gentle when it's called for, and--standing in the rain with the water running off his cherubic face--tender. If it's every comedian's dream to be taken seriously as a dramatic kingpin, Gleason is quietly pleased to be the acting prince. The movie doesn't come to much (it's just a doodle), but there are beautiful moments spread about which are immensely successful, and added up they make quite a pleasant, memorable vehicle. *** from ****


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