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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katherine Kath ...
Madame Brigitte
Jacques Marin ...
Albert Rémy ...
Alphonse (as Albert Remy)
Yvonne Constant ...
Lucille Duval
Germaine Delbat ...
Madame Greuze
Albert Dinan ...
Bistro Proprietor
Diane Gardner ...
Frank Villard ...
Pierre (as Franck Villard)
Camille Guérini ...
Priest (as Camille Guerini)
René Havard ...
Louis Falavigna ...
Monsieur Duval
Jean Michaud ...


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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November 1962 (USA)  »

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Dobri duh Pariza  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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one of the best ever
13 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

if this movie isn't a 10, then there isn't a 10 anywhere. jackie gleason plays this character so beautifully, juxtaposed against the ruthless street-walking mother of the sweet young nicole. also the settings show a dichotomy of character with his poor-man surroundings, and the rich-man place he takes himself to........all the impress collette so that he can spend time with young nicole.

gleason was nominated for an academy award for his portrayal of gigot, but was lost in a very strong cadre of contenders.

does anyone know why this film has not been released on VHS or DVD? certainly it would sell.

this film is a keeper. i watch hundreds of movies but refuse to buy only the absolute best. wish i could buy gigot.

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