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First Ball (1941)
"Premier bal" (original title)

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Complete credited cast:
Marie Déa ...
Nicole Noblet
Michel Noblet
Raymond Rouleau ...
Jean de Lormel
Gaby Sylvia ...
Danielle Noblet
François Périer ...
Ernest Vilar
de Lormel, père
Gabrielle Fontan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Le maitre d'hôtel
Éliane Daher
Hélène Flouest
Geo Forster ...
(as Géo Forster)
Anthony Gildès ...
Le facteur
Marcel Maupi ...
Marcel Mouloudji ...
Le télégraphiste


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Comedy | Romance





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17 September 1941 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Der erste Ball  »

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1.37 : 1
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Some people never grow up
14 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

In his best movies Christian-Jaque showed he had remained childlike :"Les Disparus De Saint-Agil " "L"Assassinat Du Père Noel" and even his ("imagine there 's no countries ") "Si Tous Les Gars Du Monde" bore this out.

We find at least three characters in ¨"Premier Bal" who are still leaving in the past: the clockmaker(Ledoux) ,marveling at his clocks,striking together (and the incredibly scene of his death ,when after these chimes of goodbye,time stands still ;it's the exact equivalent of Johnny Cash's marvelous "grandftaher's clock");his daughter Nic (Déa),a girl who likes the animals the vet is taking care of and she even buys a monkey called Bamboula ;the vet himself (Périer) ,a shy young man.

"Premier Bal " uses Racine's Andromaque pattern:Ernest loves Nic who does not love him;Nic loves Jean who does not love her;Jean loves Dominique,Nic's sister who loves nobody but herself.But further acquaintance shows this: like in "Un De La Legion" ,comedy turns into drama.The turning point is ,like in Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" ,the ball ,their first one (check the title).After the ball ,there's a crack in the mirror .It's a rude awakening and CJ quite succeeds in his change of "key".

Fernand Ledoux and Marie Déa would play again father-and-daughter in Marcel Carné's classic "Les Visiteurs Du Soir" .

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