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 ...
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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
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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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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