Jules Duraton is the headmaster of Chatelbourg's high school. He is happily married, has a teenage daughter named Solange, and everything would be for the best of all possible worlds if he ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ded Rysel ...
Jules Duraton
Jane Sourza ...
Irma Duraton
Roland Alexandre ...
Me André Martin - l'avocat de 'Radio Monde'
Danik Patisson ...
Solange Duraton (as Danik Aubray)
Claude Nicot ...
Roger Duraton - le fils
Gaston Duvet dans l'émission radiophonique
Jean-Jacques Vital ...
Le présentateur de l'émission
Georges Lannes ...
Hubert Fournier - le directeur de 'Radio Monde'
Charles Bouillaud ...
Maître Robinot
Yvonne Galli ...
Mme Duraton / Elle même dans l'émission radiophonique
Jacqueline Cartier ...
Jacqueline Duraton / Elle même dans l'émission radiophonique
Darry Cowl ...
M. Mathieu - le surveillant général
Robert Seller ...
Le comte de Kerfelus
Jean Berton ...
M. Poupinel - l'inspecteur d'académie
Henri Coutet ...
Le gendarme de service


Jules Duraton is the headmaster of Chatelbourg's high school. He is happily married, has a teenage daughter named Solange, and everything would be for the best of all possible worlds if he and his family were not the namesakes of the protagonists of a famous comic series broadcast every day on Radio Monde "La Famille Duraton". Day after day, the real-life Duratons are made fun of because of their surname and Jules just can't take it any more. That is why he decides to sue the radio station responsible for his misfortune... Written by Guy Bellinger

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2 March 1956 (France)  »

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Truth and fiction
13 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

"La Famille Duraton " was a comic radio broadcast ,which began in 1937 ,when TV sitcoms did not exist,for a good reason;it continued through the following decades,and finally called it a day in 1966!It spawned two French movies ("La Famille Duraton" 1939 and this movie) and yes! one American one,"True to life" ,directed by George Marshall in 1943 starring Franchot Tone.

The broadcast has been running for ten years before a small town is at last able to pick up the programme :sadly, for the senior high school principal,he called himself Duraton,and ,overnight ,he becomes,he and his family the laughingstock of the town:his students laugh at their headmaster,his son loses his fiancée (not a serious loss,for the parents ,the count and countess Kerfelus are snobs) and his wife (the irresistible Jeanne Sourza) is ridiculed in every shop she visits. On the verge of a nervous breakdown ,after a chief education officer's visit,the unfortunate teacher decides to sue Radiomonde which broadcasts the sitcom.

During the trial,they meet one of the actors of the programme (the excellent Jean Carmet) who makes friend with the real Duraton boy;thus the line between truth and fiction is rather tenuous .

This is by no means a masterpiece,by a long shot,but the lines are sometimes funny if pretty low- brow :there is a welcome madness which continues in the court scenes,when the two lawyers do not do what their clients are expecting from them.The solemn ending ,however,full of finer feelings ,is a bit stodgy ,but the hero enlivens things a little with his interminable speech.

And its moral has a contemporary feel:even today ,real people are compared to less-than-attractive fiction heroes ,mainly when they bear their names.

NB :some of the actors were featured in the radio programme and in the movie.

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