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Mother of Mine (1926)

Gribiche (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 22 December 1928 (USA)
A sincere working-class 13-year old in France is adopted by a well-meaning philanthropic millionairess from America -- who promises his doting mother that the boy will have the finest education -- but things are not so simple.

Director:

Jacques Feyder

Writers:

Frédéric Boutet (novel), Jacques Feyder
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Forest Jean Forest ... Antoine Belot
Rolla Norman Rolla Norman ... Phillippe Gavary
Françoise Rosay ... Edith Maranet
Cécile Guyon ... Anna Belot
Alice Tissot Alice Tissot ... L'institutrice
Charles Barrois Charles Barrois ... Marcelin
Victor Vina Victor Vina ... Drunkard
Andrée Canti ... La gouvernante
Hubert Daix Hubert Daix ... M. Veudrot
Sylviane de Castillo Sylviane de Castillo ... Mondäne Dame
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armand Dufour Armand Dufour ... Le chauffeur
Major Heitner Major Heitner ... Teacher
Serge Otto Serge Otto ... Le valet de chambre
Pionnier Pionnier ... Profesor de boxeo
Maurice Soufflot Maurice Soufflot ... Ediths Brother
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A sincere working-class 13-year old in France is adopted by a well-meaning philanthropic millionairess from America -- who promises his doting mother that the boy will have the finest education -- but things are not so simple.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mother of Mine See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Albatros See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

As Edith Maranet is seen from the inside of the closet, she moves three of Antoine's jackets; solid, plaid and very wide stripes. There is a shot from outside the closet and the following inside view shows her moving the same three outfits in the same order. See more »

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Torn Between Two Mothers
5 June 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In a busy French department store, perceptive young Jean Forest (as Antoine "Gribiche" Belot) picks up some gloves for his mother. While watching other customers, the boy notices wealthy socialite Francoise Rosay (as Edith Maranet) unknowingly drop her purse. Young Forest runs to return Ms. Rosay's purse, then declines her offer of a reward. Impressed with Forest, Rosay contacts his mother with an offer. She will adopt him and provide Forest with the best education money can buy. Believing her son will benefit from a luxurious lifestyle, widow Cecile Guyon (as Anne Belot) gives up her son...

The morale of the story is obvious, but there is nary a dull moment in this silent feature. Direction by Jacques Feyder is excellent. The set decoration is likewise, and moves the story effectively, too. Note the cold sparseness of Forest's mansion bed compared to his richly adorned "poor" one. This was Forest's last film with Mr. Feyder - and it's his best performance. He even handles nude scenes well. Also terrific are the "mothers" - Ms. Rosay and Ms. Guyon. Of course, Rosay knew and had acted with Forest before; she was the directors' wife. Sadly, this was the last film for Guyon; she died at age 36.

******** Gribiche (3/15/26) Jacques Feyder ~ Jean Forest, Francoise Rosay, Cecile Guyon, Rolla Norman


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