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12 November 1962 (Sweden) See more »
Pierre is a shy man whose sole focus in life is studying astrology in solitude, which is often difficult... See more » | Add synopsis »
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France Arnel ... Stella, the Olympia star (as France Arnell)

Pierre Étaix ... Pierre, the Suitor
Laurence Lignières ... Laurence, Pierre's Neighbour (as Laurence Lignères)
Claude Massot ... Pierre's Father
Denise Péronne ... Pierre's Mother (as Denise Perrone)
Karin Vesely ... Ilka, the Swedish Au-pair
Robert Blome
Pierre Maguelon ... Olympia's Stage Manager (as Petit Bobo)
Dominique Clément
Dora Diana
Bernard Dumaine
Armelle Engel
Édouard Francomme (as Francomme)
Jeannette François
Lucien Frégis ... Painter in Park Scene
Brigitte Juslin (as Birgitta Juslin)
Patrice Laffont ... Stella's Son
Kim Lokay ... Stella's Bodyguard
Georges Loriot (as Loriot)
Jean-Pierre Moutier
Sally Pearce
Guy Piérauld (as Guy Pierraut)
Gilles Rosset
Robert Sabatier
Roger Trapp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Abigaël ... Old Lady in Lift Scene (uncredited)
Béatrice Arnac ... Stella in TV Scene (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Old Man in Lift Scene (uncredited)
Pierre Vernet ... Man with Girl in Park Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix  &
Jean-Claude Carrière 

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jean Paillaud 
Cinematography by
Pierre Levent 
Film Editing by
Pierre Gillette 
Production Design by
Raymond Tournon 
Makeup Department
Anatole Paris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tonio Suné .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Bureau .... assistant director
Claude Pierre-Bloch .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Claude Carrière .... artistic advisor
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound engineer
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Benezech .... camera operator
Emmanuel Machuel .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Suné .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Monique André .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michel Colombier .... music arranger
Other crew
Gaby Blondé .... production assistant
Hélène Desse .... production secretary
Henry Dutrannoy .... production accountant (as Henri Dutrannoy)
Georges Fontenelle .... location manager
Daniel Martin .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le soupirant" - France (original title)
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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A lost gem - French remake of Keaton's "Seven Chances", 27 June 2005
Author: wvmcl from Washington, D.C.

This French slapstick farce seems to have disappeared from the Earth, which is a shame since I remember it as extremely funny and well made (I saw it as a teenager at a film festival in the mid-sixties).

It's a remake of the Buster Keaton silent feature "Seven Chances," about a shy young man who must get married within a few days in order to inherit a fortune. This version is partially an homage to the silent cinema, but has a lot of Gallic touches as well, including some Brigette Bardot jokes.

There was another remake in the late nineties called "The Bachelor," which I haven't seen but understand was pretty bad. I hope someone will bring "The Suitor" out on DVD someday so we all can have a chance to enjoy it.

Update 2013: This movie has finally reemerged in a restored version that was shown on TCM in April 2013. On seeing it again, it was even better than I remembered it from decades earlier. Not only was it a superb homage to silent comedy, I also thought it anticipated some of the wackiness of Richard Lester and Monty Python, and the innovative use of sound made me think of Robert Altman. A unique and very entertaining film. Don't miss it if you get a chance to see it.

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