The bossy mayor of a small village wants to rule his citizens with an iron hand.

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Bach ...
Gargousse - le braconnier-rebouteux
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Joseph Lebrennois - le maire
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
Anaïs Lebrennois
Sinoël ...
Le facteur
Max Fontal ...
Allain
Georges Montel ...
Le garde-champêtre (as Montel)
Louis Lorsy ...
Rousseau (as Lorsay)
Paul Ollivier ...
Le docteur Larmoyer (as Paul Olivier)
Marie-Therese Fleury ...
Antoinette (as Marie Thérèse Fleury)
Henri Peiffert ...
L'Abricot (as Le petit Henry Peiffert)
Milly Mathis ...
La buraliste
Suzanne Dehelly ...
Zozo
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The bossy mayor of a small village wants to rule his citizens with an iron hand;there is not exactly general agreement about him.His worst enemy is Gargousse the station master ,who is also occasionally a poacher and a bone-setter/healer ,much to the local doctor's disgruntlement -unfair competition-;besides the mayor's sister ,a forty-something spinster sincerely believes the quack is in love with her;and to crown it all,Gargousse's daughter-in-law falls in love with the mayor's nephew,the village schoolteacher. Written by dbdumonteil

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27 July 1938 (France)  »

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Les vacances joyeuses  »

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Trouble in a one-horse town.
10 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

The bossy mayor of a small village wants to rule his citizens with an iron hand;there is not exactly general agreement about him.His worst enemy is Gargousse the station master ,who is also occasionally a poacher and a bone-setter/healer ,much to the local thespian's disgruntlement -unfair competition-;besides the mayor's sister ,a forty-something spinster sincerely believes the quack is in love with her;and to crown it all,Gargousse's daughter-in-law falls in love with the mayor's nephew,the village schoolteacher.

This is a pale imitation of Marcel Pagnol's style ,with actors who look the part :Saturnin Fabre as the mischievous "outlaw" ,Jeanne Fusier- Gir in her umpteenth part of an old maid ;but there is a certain passé charm in the depiction of the small community with their gossips,their rural policeman and their steam-powered local train.Note the naive latent racism we find in almost all the French comedies of yore:of course ,the black man,mistaken for a tourist,speaks pidgin French;and the way screenwriters focus excessively on Paris :it takes a bunch of revelers from the capital to enliven the one-horse place .

Director Henry Wulschleger had his own theater company,most of them (Bach,Fabre,Milly Mathis,Paul Olivier ..)were featured here.


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