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Baby's Laxative (1931)

On purge bébé (original title)
Porcelain maker invites a guest to sell him chamber pots, however family problems cause interruptions.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writer:

Georges Feydeau (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marguerite Pierry Marguerite Pierry ... Julie Follavoine
Jacques Louvigny Jacques Louvigny ... Follavoine (as Louvigny)
Michel Simon ... Chouilloux
Olga Valéry Olga Valéry ... Madame Chouilloux
Nicole Fernandez Nicole Fernandez ... Rose
Fernandel ... Truchet
Sacha Tarride Sacha Tarride ... Toto
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Porcelain maker invites a guest to sell him chamber pots, however family problems cause interruptions.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 June 1931 (France) See more »

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Baby's Laxative See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.19 : 1
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Jean Renoir first sound film. See more »

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Renoir Directs A Feydeau Play
12 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It's a busy morning in the household of Jacques Louvigny. Michel Simon is coming to discuss an army contract for hundreds of thousands of chamber pots; his wife, Marguerite Pierry, is wandering around distraught in her bath robe, complaining that their son is constipated and won't take his mineral oil; and he can't find the Hebrides under 'Z' in the dictionary.

It's Jean Renoir's first sound film (he had already written one to be directed by Alberto Cavalcanti), from a play by Georges Feydeau, a specialist in satirizing the middle classes. There's gossip. There's ranting. There's cuckolding -- Simon's wife has been having an affair with Fernandel -- and there's bowling with unbreakable porcelain chamber pots that shatter. It's all very middle-class and rude and very funny.

It's basically a one-set, one hour play opened up slightly for the camera. It's certainly not typical work for Renoir, but it's still a delight.


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