Plot:professor Moucherotte is about to discover a revolutionary fuel ,the formula of which is coveted by industrialists who would be ruined by this new product ,as well as an impostor,Bontagues,who would like to claim all the merit of the invention for himself ;the scientist dies,and everybody believes that his assistant holds the key to the secret whereas this dreamer,Fleuret ,actually tries to make flowers immortal.
Forgettable comedy featuring Fernandel,as Fleuret (sic) ,chased by killers and by the police ;a bit repetitive but with good moments mainly by Robert Le Vigan as a delightful unscrupulous villain who almost outstrips the star ;however ,Fernandel shines in the trial scenes : his lawyer wants to make him a victim sacrificed on the altar of national interest ("But I do not want to be sacrificed!") .A journalist (a very conventional part) supplies love interest .
Made in 1943,when French people were not smiling,let alone laughing. After the Liberation,Le Vigan ,accused of collaboration ,was sentenced to ten days of hard labor ,then released on parole ,but his career was over and he died in poverty abroad.
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