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The Man of the Hour (1937)

L'homme du jour (original title)
Alfred Boulard, a good-natured electrician, gives his blood to save Mona Thalia, a great theater actress. Mona Thalia survives and Boulard becomes the man of the hour. Grateful to him, Mona... See full summary »

Director:

Julien Duvivier

Writers:

Julien Duvivier (adaptation), Charles Spaak (screenplay & dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Alfred Boulard / Self
Elvire Popesco ... Mona Thalia
André Alerme ... François-Théophile Cormier de la Creuse (as Alerme)
Josette Day ... Suzanne Petit
Marcel Vallée ... Vergoulet
Marguerite Deval Marguerite Deval ... Mme Christoforo
Renée Devillers Renée Devillers ... Fanny Couvrain - la fille aux fleurs
Marcelle Géniat ... Alphonsine Boulard - la mère d'Alfred
Pierre Sergeol Pierre Sergeol ... La Breloque (as Sergeol)
Jacques Grétillat Jacques Grétillat ... M. Legal
Charles Granval ... Le colonial
Sinoël Sinoël ... Le fonctionnaire à la retraite
Raymond Aimos ... Le vieux cabot
Robert Pizani ... Le poète efféminé (as Pizani)
Fernand Fabre Fernand Fabre ... Le peintre à la réception
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Alfred Boulard, a good-natured electrician, gives his blood to save Mona Thalia, a great theater actress. Mona Thalia survives and Boulard becomes the man of the hour. Grateful to him, Mona helps Alfred to become a singing star. But his fame will be short-lived. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Musical

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Trivia

'Henri Etiévant''s last film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Musicolor: Pom Pom Pom (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Ma Pomme
Music by Charles Borel-Clerc
Lyrics by Georges Fronsac and Lucien Rigot
Performed by Maurice Chevalier
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Everything is relative.
14 June 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is a minor work in Duvivier's canon:a John Doe (Maurice Chevalier)becomes a star's protégé when he saves her life by giving his blood.But the hero's rise to fame will be short-lived.Duvivier's pessimism occasionally surfaces when he describes human ungratefulness,and there's a great contrast between the world of the chic remote grande dame (Elvire Popesco)and the man's modest old lady ,proud of her son.

Everything is relative.Duvivier used to release a masterwork a year in the thirties golden years ;along with Carné,Renoir,et al,he used to write the history of the French cinema in which "l'homme du jour" was nothing but a footnote.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Homem do Dia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Marquis See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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