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Pierre Étaix (scenario and adaptation) and
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and adaptation)
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Release Date:
19 February 1965 (France) See more »
A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pierre Étaix ... Yoyo / le millionaire

Claudine Auger ... Isolina
Philippe Dionnet ... Yoyo enfant
Luce Klein ... L'écuyère
Arthur Allan
Armand Andrieu
Martine de Breteuil ... Madame de Briac
Philippe Castelli ... Le domestique (as Castelli)
Luc Delhumeau ... Le douanier
Gabrielle Doulcet ... La dame au collier
Les ballets de René Goliard
François Lalande
Georges Loriot (as Loriot)
Claude Massot
Pierre Moncorbier ... Le pique-assiettes
Henri Roger
Roger Trapp ... Le représentant en farces et attrapes
Nono Zammit ... Un artiste du cirque
Michèle Alex
Boby Althoff
Pinder ... Elephant Wrangler (as le troupeau d'élephants Pinder)
Les Antares ... Aerialists
Dario ... Clown
Mimile ... Clown
Pipo ... Clown
Les French Clowns ... Clowns
Jacques Gambys
Serge Gambys
Fernand Guiot ... Le paysan
Kach Maht ... Juggler (as Kachmath)
La Troupe Sándor Károly ... Bareback Riders
Eugene Leonard (as Eugène Leonard)
Licques ... Clairvoyant (as Madame Licques)
Marcellys (as Marcellys et son orchestre)
Georges Metras
Barbara Poludniak ... Bear Wrangler (as Barbara et Eugène Poludniak et leurs ours)
Eugène Poludniak ... Bear Wrangler
Concha Romero (as Conchita Romero)
Esmeralda Theron ... Unicycle Artist
Germaine Theron
Wyston Tort
Lélé de Triana ... Gypsy Dancer
Siam (as l'éléphant Siam)
Bambi (as le chien Bambi)
Caïd (as le cheval Caïd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Coryn ... (uncredited)
Jocelyne Loiseau ... (uncredited)
Mary Petrov ... (uncredited)
Annie Savarin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix (scenario and adaptation) and
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and adaptation)

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... producer
Original Music by
Jean Paillaud 
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety 
Film Editing by
Henri Lanoë 
Production Design by
Raymond Gabutti 
Raymond Tournon 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Guyot 
Makeup Department
Boris Karabanoff .... makeup artist (as Boris de Banov)
Production Management
Jean-Marie Bertrand .... assistant unit manager
Tonio Suné .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Aubert .... assistant director
Art Department
Michel Suné .... props
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound
Lucien Moreau .... sound assistant
Visual Effects by
Charlotte Quemy .... restoration supervisor (restored version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Forster .... still photographer
Vincent Gagliardi .... grip
Christian Guillouet .... camera operator
Guy Lecouvette .... second assistant camera
Jacques Lefrançois .... first assistant camera
André Thiéry .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Suné .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Meppiel .... assistant editor
Chantal Rémy .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jean Bouchéty .... orchestrator (as Bouchety)
Other crew
André Bureau .... technical consultant
Sylvie Carré .... script supervisor
Hélène Desse .... production administrator
Jacqueline Doye .... accounting administrator
Georges Fontenelle .... location unit manager
Clément Ollier .... location unit manager
Philippe Andrau .... special thanks
Jean-Claude Carrière .... special thanks
Philippe Giraudel .... special thanks
Charles-Edouard Renault .... special thanks
Odile Étaix .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Yo Yo" - USA
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92 min | 97 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This film was released in 1965 and was Pierre Etaix's second feature film after The Suitor (1963). It was co-written by Jean-Claude Carriere and was restored in 2007 but was temporarily blocked from viewing for legal reasons until 2010.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Great Dictator (1940)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A great rediscovery, 4 August 2013
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

The films of Pierre Etaix are pretty much unknown today, having been tied up in a legal dispute for decades. It was finally resolved in 2007, and they've been restored and reintroduced within the last few years (Criterion's nice box set was released in 2013). Yoyo is perhaps the best regarded of them. It is a fine French comedy. Somewhat reminiscent of Tati, but it has its own charms. Etaix stars. At first he plays a lonely rich man in 1925 (it opens as a silent film), who uses his extravagant wealth to distract himself from missing his true love (Claudine Auger), a circus performer. She returns with his clown son, Yoyo, in tow. After the stock market crash, Etaix joins his girl and their son in the circus act. The film soon skips ahead to WWII, where Yoyo, now an adult clown (also played by Etaix) entertains troops and hopes for better times. The plot on this one is very loose, and the comedy's not always laugh-out-loud funny, but it is very amusing and entertaining throughout. It's also quite lovely at times. It seems that this Etaix person is an actual discovery.

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