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Without Fernandel and the fine cast: a very dull play

Author: vostf ( from Paris, Fr
3 February 2010

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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