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Un certain Monsieur Jo (1958)

Jo Guardini, now the peaceful owner of a charming inn by the banks of the River Marne, once was a dreaded gangster. The respectful citizen does not want to have anything to do with the ... See full summary »

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Joseph 'Jo' Guardini
Geneviève Kervine ...
Simone Couturier
Jacques Morel ...
Inspecteur Loriot
Raymond Bussières ...
Louis
Michel Salina ...
Commissaire Leclerc
Jean Degrave ...
Alfred Léonard
Joëlle Fournier ...
Yvette Lemarchand
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L'aveugle
Gabrielle Fontan ...
Mme. Michel
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Lolo
Véronique Simon ...
Mado
Henri San Juan ...
Villequin
Jean Daurand ...
Le cafetier
Jack Ary ...
Charlot
Christian Brocard ...
Le boulanger livreur
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Jo Guardini, now the peaceful owner of a charming inn by the banks of the River Marne, once was a dreaded gangster. The respectful citizen does not want to have anything to do with the underworld any more. Unfortunately, two of his former accomplices kidnap a little girl and decide to hide her in his hotel. What will Jo do : side with the law in the person of inspector Loriot or have a relapse in crime? Written by Guy Bellinger

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16 April 1958 (France)  »

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Poisoned by a make up accident, Michel Simon fell seriously ill while shooting this film. See more »

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Jean Valjean,Cosette and Javert.
8 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Kidnappers abduct a girlie ,but as they have the police hot on their heels,they hide her,unbeknown to him, in a former gangster's place ;now released on parole ,he's back on the straight and narrow and honestly earns his living.In his small restaurant/hotel,with a Guinguette(place where you can drink and dance ) on the banks of the Seine,he works with a dumb bartender with a big heart who did not realize what he did when he took the abducted child.

This may look derivative,but this is not;of course the old man (portrayed by the great Michel Simon true to form) and the girl get on very well and she calls him "Tonton" (=uncle);but the gangsters who cannot get any ransom asks their involuntary accomplice to get rid of the "stuff".Then what was a comedy turns into true drama : the old bad man redeems himself ,but not in the way the audience was expecting.

With a genius such as Michel Simon,a smart screenplay by Marc-Gilbert Sauvageon, good supporting parts ,notably Gabrielle Fontan ,as the local gossip,one can dream of what a great director (Duvivier and Decoin come to mind) could have done.It's an interesting effort,which is to be recommended for Simon's fans though.


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