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The Mondesir Heir (1940)
"L'héritier des Mondésir" (original title)

 -  Comedy  -  8 May 1940 (France)
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Bienaimé, a modest postman, in love with Janine, the village postmistress, does not know that he is the illegitimate son of the old Baron de Mondésir. The Baron dies and in happy amazement,... See full summary »

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Bienaimé de Mondésir, le baron de Mondésir & ses aïeux
Elvire Popesco ...
Erika Axelos
Jules Berry ...
Waldemar
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Janine Richard - La postière (as Gaby Andreu)
Monette Dinay ...
Rosette
Jacques Derives ...
L'ordonnateur
Yves Deniaud ...
Gaston
Hugues Wanner ...
Lepetit (as H. Wanner)
Henri Beaulieu ...
Le colonel
Lucien Dayle ...
Le notaire
Marfa d'Hervilly ...
La cliente de Waldemer (as Marfa Dhervilly)
Fernand Flament ...
Martinot
Frédéric Mariotti ...
Costecalde (as Fred Mariotti)
Edmond Ardisson ...
Justin - Le chauffeur
Simone Gauthier ...
La première jeune fille du ciel
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Bienaimé, a modest postman, in love with Janine, the village postmistress, does not know that he is the illegitimate son of the old Baron de Mondésir. The Baron dies and in happy amazement, Bienaimé finds he is the sole heir to the deceased's estate. But he should be careful, for two crooks, Waldemar and Erika, are after his newly-acquired wealth... Written by Guy Bellinger

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8 May 1940 (France)  »

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C'est un mystère  »

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This was the last French film shot in Berlin before the beginning of World War II. See more »

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J'suis discret
Lyrics by Jean Manse
Music by Georges Van Parys
Performed by Fernandel
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A marriage is anything mixed with anything!
26 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

A mailman learns that he is the local nobleman's natural son.But his late father was under an adventuress/painter's charm and the lady is not prepared to give up the nest egg.Helped by a so-called astrologer (who is also her lover),she tries to fool the naive heir-at-law in order to latch on to his desirable property.This plot is silly but the three leads (Fernandel,Jules Berry and Elvire Popesco) make up for it with gusto. There are fine lines along the way:

-A cocktail,it's anything mixed with anything!

-Just like a marriage!

The ending even verges on fantastic as Fernandel nearly gets drowned and takes a walk on the sweet side of Paradise where he meets his ancestors and where he eats the fruit of truth(the apple!!!)And even in this very light plot ,there's ambiguity: dream or "reality" ?There are also snatches of musicals as a couple of songs are included.Fernandel was also a singer,and in many of his movies,he used to pull a little tune.


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