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Coster Bill of Paris (1922)

Crainquebille (original title)
A poor vegetable peddler in Paris runs afoul of the law and finds himself ground up in the cogs of the corrupt French judicial system.


Jacques Feyder


Jacques Feyder, Anatole France (short story: "L'affaire Crainquebille")




Complete credited cast:
Maurice de Féraudy ... Jérôme Crainquebille
Félix Oudart ... L'agent 64
Jean Forest Jean Forest ... La Souris
Marguerite Carré Marguerite Carré ... Mme Laure
Jeanne Cheirel ... Mme Bayard
René Worms René Worms ... M. Lemerle
Charles Mosnier ... Docteur Mathieu
Armand Numès ... Le Président - The Presiding Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Françoise Rosay


A poor vegetable peddler in Paris runs afoul of the law and finds himself ground up in the cogs of the corrupt French judicial system.

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Banned in Belgium in 1923 on the grounds that it portrays a lack of respect of its laws. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2005, Lobster Films copyrighted a 76-minute restored version of this film, with a music score composed by Antonio Coppola and performed by L'Octuor de France. See more »


Version of Crainquebille (1934) See more »

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Decent Silent
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Crainquebille (1922)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

French film from director Jacques Feyder about a poor vegetable peddler (Maurice de Feraudy) who has a misunderstanding with a cop and ends up spending two weeks in jail. The peddler was loved by everyone but when he's released from prison he finds that everyone has turned their backs on him. There's a lot to like about this film but at the same time there's a lot not to like. Technically this film is near perfect. There's some terrific cinematography here and the use of tinting comes to wonderful effect. There's two scenes of fantasy, one taking place in a courtroom and the other being a nightmare sequence. Both segments are incredibly well done with a wonderful touch of surrealism that really jumps off the screen. de Feraudy is also perfect in his role and director Feyder keeps the film moving at a lightning pace. So, what's the problem? There isn't a single emotion to be found in the film. I didn't laugh, there wasn't any suspense and there was really any drama so I'm really not sure what the film was going for outside the visual quality.

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Release Date:

7 October 1923 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Coster Bill of Paris See more »

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(2005 restoration)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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