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Sacha Guitry (play)
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Release Date:
3 December 1937 (France) See more »
Shavian social satire. Odette is an actress who's now the mistress of a government minister. Her household of cook... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A good but not great movie well worth seeing See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)
Sacha Guitry ... Désiré, valet de chambre
Jacqueline Delubac ... Odette Cléry
Jacques Baumer ... Felix Montignac
Saturnin Fabre ... Adrien
Alys Delonce ... Femme d'Adrien

Arletty ... Madeleine, la femme de chambre
Pauline Carton ... Adèle, la cuisinière
Geneviève Vix ... La comtesse

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sacha Guitry  play

Produced by
Serge Sandberg .... producer
Original Music by
Adolphe Borchard 
Cinematography by
Jean Bachelet 
Film Editing by
Myriam Borsoutsky  (as Myriam)
Production Design by
Jean Perrier 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilles Grangier .... assistant director
Guy Lacourt .... assistant director
Sound Department
Norbert Gernolle .... sound
Other crew
Jeanne Étiévant .... script girl

Production Companies
  • Cinéas (as Une Production Serge Sandberg)
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
France:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)

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Movie Connections:
Remade as Désiré (1996)See more »


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A good but not great movie well worth seeing, 14 September 2010
Author: richard-1787 ( from United States

This movie probably deserves a 6, but I gave it a 7 because it gave me so much pleasure. It is far from a great movie. If it began as a play, I could well believe it: it is, indeed, very talky. And, unlike in Les Perles de la couronne, which is much better and much funnier, there are long speeches. Granted, Guitry delivers them at breakneck speed and yet with total clarity, leaving you astounded, as if you were at the Opera and the soprano had just finished a passage of brilliant fioratura at breakneck speed, with all the notes faultless. It is a bravura performance on his part - hey, he wrote his own lines, and in this movie he gave himself all the good ones - and the other roles are in his shadow. So it is very much worth watching him perform, strange hair and all. He delivers his lines magnificently. But the plot, what little there is, is obvious, the characters not interesting. Pauline Delubac is radiantly beautiful, but she doesn't get much to do in this movie. One feels that she is wasted.

I suppose one could say, to use an over-used metaphor, that it is like a soufflé. Delicious, but basically a puff pastry that leaves little once it has been consumed.

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