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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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One of the best of Guitry's filmed plays 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)
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France:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric)

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Remade as Désiré (1996)See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of Guitry's filmed plays, 16 October 2009
Author: tentender from France

In "Désiré," Guitry gives himself a quite out-of-the-ordinary vehicle. Frankly, I had become rather tired of his usual pater familias-type character, and it is refreshing to see him in the role of a servant -- a wise, extremely sophisticated valet de chambre, but a servant nonetheless. Oddly, this film somewhat calls to mind Genet's "The Maids," in plot and even, strangely enough, a bit in tone (though it's very funny, funnier even than the usual Guitry comedy). Altogether a very unusual Guitry! Jacqueline Delubac is her usual charming self, Pauline Carton (the French Thelma Ritter, one could say) is as always excellent, and Arletty is seen in her only principal role in a Guitry film (though she is also seen in cameos -- one very wild! -- in two other Guitrys). Also excellent in a small but difficult role is Saturnin Fabre. One is hardly conscious that this is "filmed theater." Yes, there is a lot of talk, but the film-making is swift, sophisticated and inventive. Very enjoyable.

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