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Josette (1937)

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Albert Durandal is unable to keep a job for more than a few days. The reason: he hums while working, which invariably irritates his superiors. He is not hired as a singer for all that, as ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Josette Contandin ...
Josette (as Josette Fernandel)
Lucien Rozenberg ...
Le baron Samuel Rothenmeyer
Andrex ...
Nicolas Amato ...
Le chanteur des rues (as Amato)
Robert Seller ...
Émile - le valet du baron (as Seller)
Jacqueline Prévot ...
Jeanne - la maman de Josette (as Jacqueline Prévôt)
Robert Arnoux ...
Rémy Doré
Mona Goya ...
La chanteuse Viviane Eros


Albert Durandal is unable to keep a job for more than a few days. The reason: he hums while working, which invariably irritates his superiors. He is not hired as a singer for all that, as no music producer is prepared to bet on him. At the moment he is as free as a (singing) bird and accepts to take care of Josette, the little daughter of Jeanne, his neighbor, who is sick and has to go to a sanitarium. One day, while walking down the street, he helps an old man who has an attack. The latter happens to be an influential millionaire. And with a heart of gold into the bargain : he helps Albert to make it in the singing career. And as Jeanne has recovered, he can marry her and adopt Josette. Written by Guy Bellinger

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22 January 1937 (France)  »

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A Garota de Fernandel  »

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Josette Contandin is Fernandel's oldest daughter. See more »


Music by Vincent Scotto
Lyrics by Jean Manse and 'Paul Fekete'
Performed by Fernandel
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The only movie featuring Fernandel AND his daughter.
18 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

In America ,Shirley Temple was then the toast of the audience ;so what about casting Fernandel's real-life daughter,Josette, as his co-star?In a story which borrows from "little orphan Annie":isn't this Young heroine cute ,lovely? Hasn't she got a mother suffering from tuberculosis and forced to leave her daughter to get cured?Doesn't she meet by chance an old millionaire ?hasn't she got a (toy) dog? Besides ,Josette has a neighbor with a big heart ,a bank clerk (Fernandel) who gets fired but it does not matter because his ambition is to become a music hall singer .

Becoming a star does not prevent Fernandel from being cheated by a self-interested calculating woman;but the little girl keeps her weather eye open and she wants her friend to become her papa (in the movie).

The daughter is pretty annoying in the long run ,and it was certainly wise not to cast her in another movie.Christian -Jaque ,a seasoned director who made very estimable works ,seems powerless to sustain interest .

Word to the Wise:do pick up Christian-Jaque's " Les Disparus De Saint-Agil"(made the following year) instead :he directed children in it too,but with much more successful results.

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