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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 / Himself
Elvire Popesco ... Mona Thalia
André Alerme ... François-Théophile Cormier de la Creuse (as Alerme)
Josette Day ... Suzanne Petit
Marcel Vallée Marcel Vallée ... Vergoulet
Marguerite Deval Marguerite Deval ... Mme Christoforo
Renée Devillers Renée Devillers ... Fanny Couvrain - la fille aux fleurs
Marcelle Géniat 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 Raymond Aimos ... Le vieux cabot
Robert Pizani Robert Pizani ... Le poète efféminé (as Pizani)
Fernand Fabre Fernand Fabre ... Le peintre à la réception
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Storyline

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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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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Trivia

French censorship visa # 254. 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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