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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)

Did You Know?

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


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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Small shopkeepers against big retailers., 21 June 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

1.EMILE ZOLA THis Emile Zola novel,the 11th in the Rougon-Maquart saga depicts the misfortunes of the small shopkeepers at the end of the nineteenth century,when giants like the "Au Bonheur des Dames" began to attract most of the (esssentially female )clientele.As far the characters are concerned ,it's one of the weakest Zola ever wrote.But it's an invaluable document of a fashion phenomenon and Zola's depictions of the ancestors of mode supermarkets are preciseness itself,although a bit boring for a modern reader.It's also notable as the last of Zola's optimistic works :after his father's death,its subsequent books would turn black as the follow-up to "au bonheur des dames" ,"la joie de vivre" (in spite of its title!) testified.

2.ANDRE CAYATTE André Cayatte's career is composed of two distinct parts;roughly 1942-1950:literary adaptations:Zola,Maupassant;the best of this first phase was arguably "les amants de Vérone" which certainly influenced François TRuffaut(who despised Cayatte though) for "la nuit américaine" ("day for night").Then from 1950 onwards ,it was the "legal" period:a former lawyer,Cayatte began to champion all the good causes :plenty of miscarriages of justice,plenty of trials ,which made,in a way,Cayatte a forerunner of the current court movies so dear to today's directors.

3.ANDRE CAYATTE AND EMILE ZOLA This movie,although it belongs to Cayatte's first phase,displays elements which will emerge afterwards:the heroine 's plea for an improvement of the exploited sales assistants' situation,and Mouret's-the owner of the "Au Bonheur des Dames" department stores final speech -which reflect Zola's socialist ideas .This predates the future "and justice for all" which will become Cayatte's motto as a director.

4.CHARACTERS AND CAST: As I mentioned above,the characters are not that much interesting in "au bonheur des dames" and their evolution is downright predictable. Of course ,Michel Simon stands out:as the small shopkeeper whom Mouret defeats (David and Goliath),he's as impressive as usual:but his appearances are too few and far between .Apart from Simon,best performance comes from Suzy Prim as a rich unscrupulous woman ,who tries to conquer Mouret.The main love interest(between Mouret and Simon's niece) is bland.

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