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Jenny (1936)

Jenny is a madam at a brothel. When her daughter comes back from England, she does not want her to find out what kind of job she really has.


Marcel Carné


Jacques Constant (adaptation), Jacques Constant (dialogue) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Rosay ... Jenny Gauthier
Albert Préjean ... Lucien Dancret
Lisette Lanvin Lisette Lanvin ... Danielle Bricart
Charles Vanel ... Benoit
Roland Toutain ... Xavier
Sylvia Bataille ... Florence
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Le Dromadaire
Robert Le Vigan ... L'Albinos
Margo Lion ... Madame Vrack
René Génin ... Le Pêcheur du bistrot
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le Malade solitaire
Génia Vaury Génia Vaury ... La Jeune femme au chien
Raymond Segard Raymond Segard ... Le Fiancé londonien
Marcel Mouloudji ... Le Chanteur des rues
Joseph Kosma Joseph Kosma ... Joueur d'harmonium


Jenny is a madam at a brothel. When her daughter comes back from England, she does not want her to find out what kind of job she really has.

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Referenced in Spring on the Korean Peninsula (1941) See more »


Sung by The Kentucky Singers (as 5 Kentucky Singers}
Publisher: Editions Lionel Cazaux (as Editions Lionel Cazeaux)
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The first link on the chain.
2 July 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Jenny" inaugurates the famous series of movies which made Marcel Carné one of the most brilliant directors of the era.From 1936 to 1946,with scenarist Jacques Prévert (and once with Henri Jeanson)he created what the critics called the "réalisme poétique".One should note that Carné himself used to hate this label.But who cares when you deal with such works as "quai des brumes" "le jour se lève " and "les enfants du paradis" ,to name but three?

Jenny (Françoise Rosay) is a madam,and when her daughter comes back from England,she does not want her to find out what her job is really like.The plot is rather melodramatic and a bit cheesy,but the cast,including Jean-Louis Barrault,Charles Vanel and Robert Le Vigan is first-rate .A dirty world ,which is compared to the silt at the bottom of muddy waters.And as Jenny's final line says :"when you're at the bottom,you've got to stay at the bottom".

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18 September 1936 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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