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21 June 1947 (USA) See more »
Denise Baudu, an orphaned girl in need, decides to go to Paris where her uncle Baudu keeps a small draper's shop... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Michel Simon ... Baudu

Albert Préjean ... Octave Mouret
Blanchette Brunoy ... Denise Baudu
Suzy Prim ... Madame Desforges
Juliette Faber ... Mademoiselle Vadon
Huguette Vivier ... Clara Prunaire
Santa Relli ... Geneviève Baudu
Catherine Fonteney ... Madame Aurélie (as Catherine Fontenay)
Jacqueline Gauthier ... Pauline Cugnot (as Jacqueline Gautier)
Maximilienne ... Madame Cabin
Marcelle Rexiane ... Madame Marly (as Rexiane)
Suzet Maïs ... Madame de Boves - la kleptomane
André Reybaz ... Jean Baudu
Jean Tissier ... Émile Bourdoncle
Jean Rigaux ... Baugé
Georges Chamarat ... L'inspecteur Jouve
Pierre Bertin ... Gaujon
René Blancard ... Colomban
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorette Ardenne ... Une vendeuse (uncredited)
Odette Barencey ... Madame Bédoré (uncredited)
Paul Barge ... Un boutiquier (uncredited)
Jeannette Batti ... Une vendeuse (uncredited)
Jacques Beauvais ... Un boutiquier (uncredited)
Albert Broquin ... Le cocher (uncredited)
Charlotte Ecard ... (uncredited)
Gustave Gallet ... Lhomme (uncredited)
Pierre Labry ... Achille Vingard - Le serrurier (uncredited)
Jacques Latrouite ... Pépé Baudu (uncredited)
Palmyre Levasseur ... L'acheteuse de mouchoirs (uncredited)
Albert Malbert ... Le cafetier (uncredited)
Maurice Marceau ... Un employé (uncredited)
Frédéric Moriss ... Le comte de Boves (uncredited)
Julienne Paroli ... Une boutiquière (uncredited)
Rambauville ... Favier (uncredited)
Roger Vincent ... Un boutiquier (uncredited)

Directed by
André Cayatte 
Writing credits
André Cayatte  screenplay &
André Legrand  screenplay &
Émile Zola  novel &
Michel Duran  dialogue

Produced by
Alfred Greven .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Louis Sédrat 
Cinematography by
Armand Thirard 
Film Editing by
Gérard Bensdorp (uncredited)
Production Design by
Andrej Andrejew  (as André Andrejew)
Costume Design by
Rosine Delamare (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Devaivre .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Robert Sivel .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Henri Forterre .... conductor (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Au bonheur des dames" - France (original title)
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88 min | USA:83 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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French censorship visa # 718 delivered on 20-7-1943.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Safe Conduct (2002)See more »


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Emile Zola - Shop-Girls of Paris, 22 August 2006
Author: Prokievitch Bazarov ( from Polotrov, Russia

Emile Zola, as the Warner Brothers graphically demonstrated some years back, was a handy man with a lance, splintering quite a few in just causes. And the French film makers, not unaware of the scope of the novelist's jousts, have taken another, albeit one of his less notable indictments, "Au Bonheur des Dames," and have fashioned it into an interesting, often satiric although sometimes shallow delineation of the ills that beset the nineteenth-century Paris working girl and small business men.

For, "Shop-Girls of Paris," the adaptation of "Au Bonheur des Dames," speaks an honest, angry piece but occasionally employs the obvious, heavy-handed approach of slick dramas to make its points.

The shopgirls of M. Mouret's department store, who not only work but also live and eat there, are entirely at the mercy of the young, grasping and forceful owner, as is Baudu, the aged, irascible proprietor of Le Vieil Elbeuf, the tiny, moribund emporium next door. Mouret, a visionary who sees himself as the boss of the world's largest store, is not averse to cutting prices, surreptitiously buying up his old competitor's shop, introducing white sales and the return of purchases to make good his planned, merchandising colossus. He is not averse also to a sly, pseudo-romantic liaison with his rich neighbor, Mme Desforges, and indiscriminate dismissals among his staff, to attain his ends. It is only when Baudu's niece, who has gone to work in the new largest business of its kind, scathingly denounces the boss and his practices, that Mouret, who has fallen in love with his spirited clerk, institutes sweeping reforms.

Michel Simon, bearded and craggy-faced, as the embittered Baudu, who has never been able to accumulate enough of a dowry for his daughter and clerk to marry on, gives a convincing portrayal except for moments of rage, when typical Gallic shouting and arm waving supplant true histrionics. Blanchette Brunoy is an appealing and beautiful figure as his niece, while Albert Prejean is expert as the suave store owner with an eye for the ladies and business.

Jean Tissier, as his oily and hard lieutenant, and Suzy Prim, as the designing dame who has a way of combining sharp realty practices with romantic flings contributes deft, humorous portrayals in heading the large, supporting cast.

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