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Children of Montmartre (1933)

La maternelle (original title)
When her father files bankruptcy and then dies, Rose's fiancé jilts her; she takes a job as a maid in a Montmartre kindergarten with 150 poor children. Rose gives each child loving ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Madeleine Renaud ... Rose
Alice Tissot Alice Tissot ... Superintendent
Paulette Élambert Paulette Élambert ... Marie Coeuret
Sylvette Fillacier Sylvette Fillacier ... Mme. Coeuret
Mady Berry Mady Berry ... Mme. Paulin
Henri Debain Henri Debain ... Dr. Libois
Alex Bernard ... Professor
Edmond Van Daële ... Pantin
Gaston Séverin Gaston Séverin ... Inspector
Maryanne Maryanne
Jany Delille Jany Delille ... Singer
Aman Maistre Aman Maistre


When her father files bankruptcy and then dies, Rose's fiancé jilts her; she takes a job as a maid in a Montmartre kindergarten with 150 poor children. Rose gives each child loving attention, and soon she's their favorite. An especially needy child is Marie, a prostitute's daughter. Rose and she bond, and Marie is jealous of all attentions paid Rose, especially those of Dr. Libois, the school's physician. When Rose inadvertently guides the children through the educational experiment of a visiting scholar, and then discloses she has a college degree and is working beneath her station, the principal wants to fire her. Is there any way she can stay? And what will happen to Marie? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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15 November 1935 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Remade as La maternelle (1949) See more »

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les gamins de Montmartre

Any french movie lover should see this charming story of a young rich woman who lost everything (Madeleine Renaud) and becomes a school maid for poor children. And she gives all her love to these poor kids after having been abandoned by her family, not falling in booze and prostitution. She is helped by a first maid, the extraordinary Mady Berry, who played popular jobs (concierge, cook, hotel boss, grosser, housekeeper, eggs seller, ...), a true french excentrique actress. Madeleine Renaud and Mady Berry, what a team. It could be another french melo of the 30's, but it remains intelligently realistic and all the kids sequences are marvellous. The direction is also intelligent, each shot tells an information and there are fine travellings. Be touched by that lost girl abandoned by her prostitute mother, she shall also lose everything. How did Madeleine Renaud became poor? Perhaps we'll know with a restored french print with missing footage. The giant subtitles in the american print are disastrous and should of course disappear, and the sound need some serious boost. Let's hope.

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