Hector and Odette Dupuis' car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, but not far from a luxury hotel. The couple are well off but, being miserly, Odette is determined to keep her budget ... See full summary »

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(short story: "C.H.F.R. 35"), (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jean Tissier ...
Hector Dupuis
Suzanne Dehelly ...
Odette Dupuis
Jacqueline Gauthier ...
Angèle (as Jacqueline Gautier)
Jacques Louvigny ...
Monsieur Palureau
Albert Duvaleix ...
Le portier (as Duvaleix)
Gaby Wagner ...
La cocotte du 27
Pierre Labry ...
Le mécanicien-chef
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Le directeur de l'hôtel (as Louis Allibert)
Nane Germon ...
Léa
Gaston Modot ...
Le garçon d'étage
Léonce Corne ...
Victor (as Leonce Corne)
Agnès Raynal ...
Rose Palureau (as Agnes Raynal)
Alfred Adam ...
Ferdinand - le chauffeur de Palureau
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Hector and Odette Dupuis' car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, but not far from a luxury hotel. The couple are well off but, being miserly, Odette is determined to keep her budget tight. Fortunately for her, the hotel offers rooms for domestics costing only 35 francs, so she decides to pass her husband as her chauffeur. As far as she is concerned, Odette presents herself as Baroness de Garches and takes a 250 franc room. But their stay soon becomes complicated. For instance, Palureau, a widower with five daughters who is planning to remarry, starts courting the 'baroness'. And that is not all since at the same time Angèle, a chambermaid, makes advances to Hector ! To make matters worse, Ferdinand, Angèle's boyfriend, decides to get even with Hector, his 'rival'. The jealous guy steals a jewel from a guest and has poor Hector accused of the theft... Written by Guy Bellinger

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16 October 1942 (France)  »

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Tot uw dienst, mevrouw  »

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French censorship visa # 173 delivered on 16-10-1942. See more »

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Yes,madam!
6 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

A famous French critic wrote that Jean Boyer was of the stuff great directors are made;too often ,he botched the job,exploiting facile comical effects .

"A Vos Ordres Madame" is a very funny comedy ,one of these works (like "Circonstances Atténuantes" "L'Acrobate" and some Fernandel movies) which show that Boyer could work in a vein close to that of Billy Wilder .

A couple of bourgeois winds up in a chic hotel after a breakdown:she passes herself off as a baroness ,her husband as her chauffeur ("I'm wearing a yacht-man cap!")All the hotel surrounds with attention "Madame La "Baronne"" whereas the chauffeur is relegated to the servants rooms. But all in all,the hubby is happy to get rid of his authoritarian missus ,and he has a wild time with the other chauffeurs and the chambermaids.Soon, the guests complain because the servants have more fun than them (like in "Titanic" ,the posh dinners are a saddening bore whereas they laugh a lot in the kitchen ,sing and dance ).

Jean Tissier (in a part close to those of Bourvil and Fernandel ) is simply terrific as a naive wavering lump;Suzanne Dehelly is a tight-fisted would be highborn lady ,wooed by a greybeard who is the father of five (girls)(shades of the Trapp family story later remade as "the sound of music")and is looking for a mother .

Yves Mirande wrote lines which hit the nail on the head :the situations are riotously funny ,and all in all ,the "baroness" and her chauffeur repeat their Relationship in everyday life:she wears the pants.

If you are mad with your spouse ,get Jean Boyer's free therapy!


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