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Princesse Tam-Tam (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 November 1935 (France)
A French novelist passes off a African shepherdess as a princess.

Director:

Edmond T. Gréville (as Edmond T. Greville)

Writers:

Pepito Abatino (scenario), Yves Mirande (dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Josephine Baker ... Alwina
Albert Préjean ... Max de Mirecourt (as Albert Prejean)
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Coton
Germaine Aussey ... Lucie de Mirecourt
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... Dar (as Georges Peclet)
Viviane Romance ... Lucie's Friend
Jean Galland ... Maharajah of Datane
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Storyline

Max de Mirecourt, celebrated French novelist, takes a vacation from his social-butterfly wife in Tunisia, where he meets beautiful Alwina, a barefoot hill shepherdess. To cure his writer's block, Max casts Alwina as heroine in a real-life 'Pygmalion' story. She reacts to civilized ways and emotions with charming simplicity. Now Max, stung by reports of his wife's affair with a dark-skinned maharajah, has the idea of launching Alwina in Paris society as a princess. Will civilization spoil her wild charms? Who will pair off with whom? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 November 1935 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Princess Tam-Tam See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Productions Arys See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Parts of the film were shot on location in Tunisia, including several street scenes of Tunis during the 1930s and the Roman ruins of Dougga. See more »

Quotes

Lucie de Mirecourt: Her portrait - in your house? Your Princess leads a double life. She has vulgar tastes. Away from decent people, she behaves like a slut!
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Sung by Josephine Baker
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Baker shines in this otherwise uneven comedy
1 June 2014 | by MissSimonettaSee all my reviews

Josephine Baker was one of the most remarkable women of the 20th century. Talented and beautiful, she moved away from the racially segregated US to find her fortune in Paris, where she became the highest paid entertainer in Europe for many years. She mostly worked in the nightclub scene, singing and dancing, but she did make a few films. If all those films were as uninspired as Princess Tam Tam (1935), it's easy to see why she got bored with cinema so quickly.

Baker is the only entertaining aspect of the film. She's charming and funny, and steals every frame she appears in. Her co-stars leave little impression, partly due to having to share the screen with Baker and partly due to their characters being dull, or worse, that deadly combination of unlikable and annoying. The story is a pale retread of Pygmalion and even though the movie doesn't even last an hour and a half, it seems to go on forever. There's even a Busby Berkely style dance number at the end which may be the most obvious use of narrative padding I've ever seen.

A poor script combined with choppy camera-work makes this mostly uninspired viewing. However, Baker's performance makes it worth a single watch, and it makes you wish the producers and writers had given her better material to work with.


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