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Mademoiselle ma mère (1937)

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Jacqueline Vignolle fills her father with despair: she has just broken up with her... fourteenth fiancé! In order to humor Daddy, the young lady decides to marry someone. The trouble is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Pierre Larquey ...
Robert Arnoux ...
Fred Pasquali ...
Le détective (as Pasquali)
Marcel Simon ...
M. Vignolle
Christiane Isola ...
Gilberte Géniat ...
Louise, la bonne
Andrée Poldy ...
La Martiniquaise
Simone Martell ...
Une petite femme
Lucien Suire ...
Un peintre (as Suire)
Artigas ...
Un gigolo (as Artiguas)
Gaston Rey ...
Un gigolo
Jean Chevrier ...
Un gigolo (as Chevrier)
André Alerme ...
Albert Letournel (as Alerme)


Jacqueline Vignolle fills her father with despair: she has just broken up with her... fourteenth fiancé! In order to humor Daddy, the young lady decides to marry someone. The trouble is that Albert Letournel, the future husband, is in his fifties and, as can be guessed, the marriage will be of convenience, nothing else. Another difficulty lies in the fact that Albert has a son, Georges, who automatically becomes her stepson. Although the relationships between the two young persons are tense at the beginning, you can easily guess what happens in the end...! Written by Guy Bellinger

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18 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Darf ein Mann so dumm sein?  »

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Finnish censorship visa register number: 021127. See more »


Remade as Novio, marido y amante (1948) See more »

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Wicked Stepmother
17 January 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Here's one for trivia buffs: What links Le Roi Soleil, Miss Adelaide from Guys and Dolls and Jacqueline Letournel from Mademoiselle, Ma Mere. Gee, I thought you'd never ask. Answer: The number fourteen. Le Roi Soleil was Louis the fourteenth (as in, my furniture goes back to Louis the fourteenth; I don't pay by the fourteenth it goes straight back to Louis), Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls has been engaged to Nathan Detroit for fourteen years and Jacqueline in Mademoiselle, Ma Mere has, despite her tender years, been engaged fourteen times. Each time, to the chagrin of her father (Marcel Simon) it has gone tits up and her father's constant nagging is getting on the poitrines of Jacqueline who solves the problem by buying a white dress, hiring a church and marrying fifty-something Albert Letournal (Andre Alerme) as you would. Monsieur Letournal, however, comes complete with a twenty-five year old son, Georges, in the shape of Pierre Brasseur, still, in the thirties, being cast as romantic leads and getting away with them in spite of a set of features more suited to the gallery of heavies he went on to portray. We now have what the CIA likes to call a 'situation', two young people striking sparks off each other and a gooseberry who just happens to be married to one and the father of the other. Present this scenario to Gene O'Neill and you wind up with a Greek Tragedy and Gene duly obliged with Desire Under The Elms but O'Neill of course was Irish and 'black' Irish at that, in France they do things differently and I for one am so glad. Danielle Darrieux (Jacqueline) makes a seriously wicked stepmother by which I mean the kind you could eat with a spoon as opposed to the kind that slips a Mickey into the Golden Delicious when Snow White is looking the other way but the script dictates that Georges (Brasseur) remains indifferent to her adorability until the last possible minute. This is yet another triumph for the director-actress team of Henri Decoin and Danielle Darriux with a screenplay by Jean Boyer who also wrote Abuse de Confiance for the same team and wrote and directed Chaleur du sein for Arletty so strong credits all round. This is one I will watch with pleasure again and again.

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