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L'honorable Catherine (1943)

Catherine's technique to sell her clocks is to blackmail illegitimate couples such as Jacques and Gisèle. However when Gisèle's husband Pierre walks in on them, Catherine pretends to be ... See full summary »

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Jacques Tavère
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Pierre Morland
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Jérôme
Denise Grey ...
Madame d'Ambroisie
Fred Pasquali ...
Le vendeur de carillon (as Pasquali)
Hubert de Malet ...
Maurice
Irène Lud ...
Lily
Sinoël ...
Un invité
Georges Pally ...
Xavier (as Pally)
Jeanne Fusier-Gir ...
Une invitée
Claude Génia ...
Gisèle Morland
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Catherine's technique to sell her clocks is to blackmail illegitimate couples such as Jacques and Gisèle. However when Gisèle's husband Pierre walks in on them, Catherine pretends to be Jacques's lover to save the day. Jacques then gets caught up in her schemes when the next couple she deals with turn out to be jewel thieves who kidnap them. Written by Greg Philip <greg_philip@hotmail.com>

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21 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Screwball française
1 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

L'Honorable Catherine, with Edwige Feuillère and Raymond Rouleau, is a romantic comedy in the American screwball style. One thinks of 1941's The Lady Eve with Stanwyck and Fonda. Of course, French audiences under the Occupation were unable to see that movie, or any other American film, so French cinema had to produce its own alternatives.

This was one of the most successful of the ersatz Hollywood comedies produced during the Occupation. It has all the requisite ingredients: sharp, sophisticated dialogue, a dash of slapstick, the meet-cute, the inventive plot, and the love-hate relationship between two charismatic leads: Feuillère as a high society blackmailer and Rouleau as her latest victim. When her blackmail attempt is interrupted, Feuillère has to pose as Rouleau's lover, and the set-up is in place for the comic misunderstandings that ensue.

Director Marcel L'Herbier and Edwige Feuillère handle the comedy for the most part with charm and nimbleness. Feuillère is such good fun that one regrets that she didn't play more comedies in her career. Rouleau is less satisfactory. He overplays the humour where he should be underplaying, which becomes tiresome.

If L'Honorable Catherine doesn't quite live up to the promise of the very enjoyable early scenes, this may have to do with the fact that L'Herbier fell ill during the filming and was replaced by Jacques de Baroncelli. Nevertheless, the movie fulfilled its purpose. It played from its release in February 1943 until the end of the Occupation.


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