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Francis the First (1937)
"François Premier" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  25 March 1947 (USA)
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Honorin (Fernandel) is the simple and naive stage manager of a traveling theatre troupe, whose one ambition is to once play the role of the cavalier in the opera "Francis I, or the Loves of... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mona Goya ...
Elsa et Madeleine Ferron
Alexandre Rignault ...
Henri Bosc ...
Luigi Cascaroni et Jean Ferron
Aimé Simon-Girard ...
Alice Tissot ...
Madame Cascaroni et Dame Alfredine
Charles Lemontier ...
La Palisse
Alexandre Mihalesco ...
Sinoël ...
Le fantôme
René Génin ...
Cascaroni et l'aubergiste
Henri Valbel ...
Paul Delon ...
Jean Marconi ...
Nicolas Amato ...
Le chevalier Bayard
Jacques Vitry ...


Honorin (Fernandel) is the simple and naive stage manager of a traveling theatre troupe, whose one ambition is to once play the role of the cavalier in the opera "Francis I, or the Loves of the Beautiful Ferroniere". A hypnotist puts him to sleep and in his dreams he is transplanted to the days of the Renaissance. There, among other items, he is made a Duke by Henri VIII, fights a duel and survives a series of medieval tortures, while also bestowing some 20th century blessings on the court of Francis I. Written by Les Adams <>

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Fernandel Premier
1 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Christian-Jaque takes Fernandel to the court of François Premier and it is,along with "Raphael le Tatoué " and " Un de la Legion" ,one of their best collaborations.Probably inspired by previous Guitry's "Les Perles de la Couronne" which Christian-Jaque co-directed .Not as witty as Guitry's lines,"François Premier" is thoroughly enjoyable -apart from the scenes dealing with the Inquisition where clumsiness expresses-,full of puns ,of mistaken identities and of anachronisms .

For this journey through the past ,no time machine needed;a wizard's occult powers will nicely do the trick.He is none other than Cagliostro (or one of his great grand children?)In the sixteenth century the "hero" is mistaken for a fair knight Bayard style ;but he's only got his Larousse dictionary for a sword.This mini-encyclopedia will be useful when the time traveler wants to know what the Ordeal is ...or to become a fortune teller revealing the nobles what their future will be;the future is really his to see.La Palice,a man famous for his self-evident statements learns that fifteen minutes before his death ,he will be still alive .

The precedent user is right when he writes that the film could be remade.

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