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Le costaud des Batignolles (1952)

A kiss which makes him as strong as Samson.

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Raymond Bussières ...
Jules
Annette Poivre ...
Nénette Ledur
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Nicolas - Le valet de chambre
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Dédée
Alexandre Rignault ...
Le 'gorille'
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L'inspecteur de police
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Bébert
Roger Saget ...
Louis XIV
Robert Le Fort ...
Milou
Serge Nadaud ...
Commissaire principal Anselme Carillon
Jean Ozenne ...
Le docteur
Al Cabrol ...
O'Riol
François Joux ...
L'assistant du docteur
Pierre Duncan ...
Le boucher à la foire
André Chanu ...
Le speaker du Vél d'hiv
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Short puny Jules would like to be a beefy man and he does body-building every morning to no avail.All the big boys around laugh at him and call him names ;these hefty men are burglars and Jules feels compelled to help them with their dirty deeds.In the house they burglarize,Jules meets again Mémette ,one of her former friends and you would not believe it, ,a (magic) kiss from Mémette's lips turns frail Jules into Hercules. The doctor examines the strong man and kisses (twice) the girlfriend to see if it "works" with someone else. Written by dbdumonteil

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8 January 1952 (France)  »

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As strong as Samson
2 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

The first of the two movies directed by Guy Lacourt,both featuring Raymond Bussières and wife Annette Poivre.

Short puny Jules would like to be a beefy man and he does body-building every morning to no avail.All the big boys around laugh at him and call him names ;these hefty men are burglars and Jules feels compelled to help them with their dirty deeds.In the house they burglarise,Jules meets again Mémette ,on her former friends .Then the movie becomes another version of Popeye :whereas a can of spinach gives the sailor man his strength,a (magic) kiss from Mémette's lips turns frail Jules into Hercules.

Some good scenes :the gangsters,drawing up an inventory of their booty and drawing lots to share it;the doctor,examining the strong man and kissing (twice) the girlfriend to see if it "works" with someone else.

By and large ,this is less funny than Lacourt's follow-up,"Mon Frangin Du Sénégal" ,which in the way,was a variation on the same theme: a hang-up guy who tries to be a better himself.In the 1953 effort ,Bussières had a more interesting part,creating two different personalities.


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