Ferdinand Piat is a virtuous and timid young man who works in a pharmaceuticals laboratory, where he hopes to find a pill able to give courage to blushing guys of his kind. As for Fourageot, Ferdinand's boss, he is anything but shy. On the contrary he loves chasing dames - much to the outrage of Mme Paturin, his prude sister - and this seems to be his only raison d'être. Which does not keep him from deploring his daughter Paulette's misconduct. To remedy the situation, he decides to send her to the boarding-school run by his sister and his brother-in-law, former colonel Paturin. But the young lady proves uncontrollable there as well. The best thing to do would be to marry her. And why not to Ferdinand, as he is of impeccable morals? Unfortunately rumor starts spreading that the young fellow is an unrepentant reveler... Written by
Without Fernandel and the fine cast: a very dull play
This was the second adaptation of the play for the silver screen. Mostly, it feels like the early days of talkies: René Sti only broke down the play into scenes and dialogue is the substitute for action.
Fernandel does his usual job : serious/straight/idealistic guy with a couple of songs and exactly two ill-tempered busts to give more strength to his naive character (when he happens to take half a dozen of the pills he invented).
The rest of the cast is also pretty good, so Ferdinand le Noceur remains a watchable old flick. Too bad it all gets bogged down in the old stage-play-blow-up rhythm.
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