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The Horse Ate the Hat (1928)

Un chapeau de paille d'Italie (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 13 January 1928 (France)
On his way through the woods to his marriage, Fadinard's horse eats the hat of a married lady spending here a few moments with her lover. Fadinard has to find the very same rare hat to ... See full summary »


René Clair


René Clair, Eugène Labiche (play) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Alice Tissot Alice Tissot ... Une cousine (as Mme Alice Tissot)
Alexis Bondireff Alexis Bondireff ... Un cousin (as M. Alexis Bondi)
Marise Maia Marise Maia ... La mariée (as Mlle Maryse Maia)
Yvonneck Yvonneck ... Nonancourt (as M. Yvonneck)
Louis Pré Fils Louis Pré Fils ... Cousin Bobin (as M. Pré fils)
Albert Préjean ... Fadinard, le marié (as M. Albert Préjean)
Geymond Vital ... Le lieutenant Tavernier (as M. Vital Geymond)
Olga Tschechowa ... Anaïs de Beauperthuis (as Mme Olga Tschekova)
Paul Ollivier Paul Ollivier ... L'oncle Vézinet (as M. Paul Olivier)
Alex Allin Alex Allin ... Félix (as M. Alex Allin)
André Volbert André Volbert ... Le maire (as M. Volbert)
Jim Gérald Jim Gérald ... Beauperthuis (as M. Jim Gérald)
Lillian Beck Lillian Beck ... Une invitée de la noce (as M. Jim Gérald)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Berline Berline ... Une invitée de la noce
Lya Christy Lya Christy ... Une invitée de la noce (as Christie)


On his way through the woods to his marriage, Fadinard's horse eats the hat of a married lady spending here a few moments with her lover. Fadinard has to find the very same rare hat to avoid her dishonor. This will greatly disturb his own marriage. Written by Yepok

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13 January 1928 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Restored in April 2016 through a partnership between the Cinematheque Francaise and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, with the support of the CNC and Arte France. The new 4K restoration is based on the René Clair's original camera negative which is preserved at the Cinematheque Francaise. See more »


After the chair has been loaded onto the cart in a medium shot, the next long shot shows it in a different position. See more »


Version of Un chapeau de paille d'Italie (1941) See more »

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Funny, but less than great, film of a reliable stage farce
5 October 2006 | by mgmaxSee all my reviews

Report from Cinesation 2006: AN Italian STRAW HAT (***) Rene Clair had a huge reputation in the early days of sound, and though it's not hard to see why, it is hard to see why the same critics who loved his films (often voting them onto the early Sight & Sound lists of the best films of all time) were dismissive of great Hollywood comedies with exactly the same virtues. (A Nous la Liberte and Le Million are delightful, for instance, but in no way that Duck Soup and Top Hat aren't equally or more delightful.)

This-- based on a perennial stage farce about the complications that follow when a horse eats a married woman's hat while she's off dallying with her lover-- is skillful enough, and it has a few very funny moments, but made mostly in medium or longshot with little subtlety in the playing, it seemed far more primitive for 1927 than, to pick one American comedy, Kiki (shown earlier the same day)-- and the audience at Cinesation didn't laugh nearly as often, either.

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