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Adhémar ou le jouet de la fatalité (1951)

Is it because his father was a groom that Adhémar Pomme has a long horse head and a horse- toothed smile? Maybe but the fact is that his head has invariably caused laughter whatever the ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacqueline Pagnol ...
La marchande de fleurs (as Jacqueline Bouvier)
Bernadette Lange ...
Meg Lemonnier ...
La garde de nuit
Sophie Mallet ...
La bonne de l'asile
Maximilienne ...
La soeur du Marquis
Primerose Perret ...
La bonne de l'hôtel
Marguerite Pierry ...
Lady Braconfield
Annie Ravel ...
La secrétaire
Alexandre Arnaudy ...
Le ministre (as Arnaudy)
Maurice Bernard ...
Le quatrième conseiller
Georges Bever ...
Le mari trompé (as Bever)
Albert Duvaleix ...
L'employé du casino (as Duvaleix)
Jacques de Féraudy ...
Le Marquis de Saltarello


Is it because his father was a groom that Adhémar Pomme has a long horse head and a horse- toothed smile? Maybe but the fact is that his head has invariably caused laughter whatever the circumstances, which is the tragedy of his life. After having worked as an undertaker, a theater prompter, a casino bouncer, and so on, and failing at each job, he applies out of desperation to an institution where those rejected for physical reasons can hide and live together. But Adhémar immediately starts... laughing at them and gets kicked out as a result! In the end though, he finds his way as a circus artist Written by Guy Bellinger

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14 September 1951 (France)  »

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Sacha Guitry fell ill before filming started and entrusted the direction to Fernandel. Dissatisfied with the final result, brought the producer to court. See more »


Le mari trompé: I've been married four times. I've been cuckolded four times. My wives, they say I drive them to infidelity. The first one told me a head like mine was an encouragement, the second one it is a permit, the third one a challenge. As for the fourth one she said she cheated on me to avoid being ridiculous!
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Le rire est un instant divin
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Written by Jean Manse (music) and Louiguy (lyrics)
Performed by Fernandel
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Directed by Fernandel
31 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is the only film directed by Fernandel,based on an idea by Sacha Guitry.

An association wants to help ugly people,although their means are downright questionable: gathering them all in an immense property where they will live far from the laughing crowds.Some "customers" are already knocking on the office door ,for they are sick and tired of hearing other people laugh at them:they want a place in the so-called Shangri -La .Enter Adhémar (Fernandel) who registers the same desire.But the members are not convinced and the "candidate " begins to tell the story of his life.

Then begins a long flashback which seems more like a series of sketches ,it's a screenplay that lacks consistency.Every time Ahémar fails,a friend from his army days(Andrex) comes to the rescue and finds him a new job.The best moments are to be found in the first part: the funeral,and mainly the "tragedy":Adhémar becomes a prompter in a theater and it's much fun to watch him and the actors parodying Racine and particularly "Andromaque" (it's a spoof on the first scene when Oreste meets again his old friend Pylade).

But all in all ,it's a false good idea.It's not pleasant to be "ugly" ,and the desirable mansion where those people are to live makes one think of a luxury concentration camp.The subject had to be treated with care ,and it's finally a disappointment.

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