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Suzanne Bianchetti ...
Nicolas Rimsky ...
Théodore Larue
Pierre Labry ...
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René Maupré ...
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Léon Salem ...
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Unsucessful writer Théodore Larue is mistakenly believed to be drowned during a vacation at the sea with his wife Lucie. The latter persuades him to play dead because the incident increases his popularity. Théodore pretends he is his brother Anselme. Trouble begins when the actual brother unexpectedly returns from Madagascar. Written by Greg Philip {greg_philip@hotmail.com}

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13 February 1925 (France)  »

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Happy Death  »

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Fantastic film! Do not miss if you get a chance to see it!
3 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened to catch this on the closing night of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival this year, and was completely blown away. This is a delightful comedy focuses on a writer who cannot produce a successful play. Upon the misinformed news of his death, he becomes a cultural hero and suddenly everyone wants to see his plays.

Through a series of comedic assumptions, fate keeps piling up success upon the couple, and all they have to do is keep silent about the truth. The film makes light fun of the scenario while commenting on the absurdity of what makes an artist famous.

It is a most unusual film, and even has an animated sequence telling yet another chapter of the story. This was 70 years before Quentin Tarantino did it in Kill Bill. Of course the scenarios are not quite the same, but it just shows how devices used today were utilized back in the early days of cinema.

Do not miss if you get a chance to see this film!


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