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L'entraîneuse (1939)

The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she gets propositions from a rich widower who would like to have her as his girlfriend, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Noblet
Gisèle Préville ...
Lucienne Noblet
Arthur Devère ...
Raymond, le domestique
Philippe de Lormel
Catherine Fonteney ...
Madame de Saint-Leu
Jeanne Lion ...
Tante Louise
René Bergeron ...
L'inspecteur Barnave
René Génin ...
Le vieux professeur
Jimmy Gaillard ...
Monique Joyce ...
Robert Seller ...
Solange Dartois ...


The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she gets propositions from a rich widower who would like to have her as his girlfriend, Suzy wishes to leave this place, where she has no future, for a better one. Abandoned by her protector, a young hoodlum named Robert, she gets the occasion to get away from it. She decides to go on vacation on the Riviera and stay at the Chateau des Cedres, the former residence of a noble family that has been transformed into a bourgeois guest house by the baroness Saint-Leu. Shy and elegant, in her modest suit, Suzy stays there under the name of Suzanne Michelet and soon makes new friends among the young people of very wealthy families. Written by Cyril Aubaud (cyril_aubaud@yahoo.fr)

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Release Date:

2 June 1939 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Copas  »

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Sans lendemain
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Fréhel
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The French Waterloo bridge.
4 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a delicate melodrama by Albert Valentin where Michele Morgan is wonderfully cast as Suzanne, a nightclub hostess -a job which does not pass for a noble one- who is on holiday on the Cote d'Azur thanks to a guest's generosity.There she meets young boys and girls from a good background.One of them falls in love with her and soon she becomes integrated into the group.Actually,among them she passes for the wisest ,the nicest girl who has ever been.

Alber Valentin often films on location and he uses the light of the Mediterranean coast to good effects.Suzanne ,for a while ,wants to believe she can get out of her dump:she knows that her new friends and her are worlds apart ,because they are part of a family.As any melodrama heroine,she never complains about the fact that everything could have been different had she been part of a family -we never hear about Suzanne's parents- The depiction of the nightclub is harsh :the girls' life here is no laughing party;the nightclub's program also features an alcoholic chanteuse ,Frehel (who plays her own character),and it's no coincidence if Morgan's face ,during the last sequence and a superb fade in-fade out ,turns into the singer's face bewailing "no more love for me".

Should appeal to people who have liked Mervyn Le Roy 's "Waterloo bridge" (1940;French title:'la valse dans l'ombre")

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