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My Father Was Right (1936)

Mon père avait raison (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 27 November 1936 (France)
After being left for another man by his wife, Charles Bellanger raises his only son to fear and suspect women. Years later, such an education is bearing fruit.


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Complete credited cast:
Sacha Guitry ... Charles Bellanger
Gaston Dubosc ... Adolphe Bellanger, son père
Serge Grave ... Maurice Bellanger, son fils (jeune)
Paul Bernard ... Maurice Bellanger, son fils (adulte)
Jacqueline Delubac ... Loulou, sa belle fille
Betty Daussmond Betty Daussmond ... Germaine Bellanger, sa femme
Robert Seller Robert Seller ... Emile Perducay - son serviteur
Pauline Carton ... Marie Ganion - sa servante
Marcel Lévesque ... Mourier - son médecin


"Women are made for marriage, and men are made to be bachelors. That's the trouble!" Writer-director Guitry stars as a cuckold in a stuffed shirt whose wounded pride predestines his son for a lifelong suspicion of the fairer sex. But the film's rapid-fire dialogue and huffy moralizing are only a disguise: its true beating heart is in this sweet depiction of paternal devotion and filial tenderness, spread evenly across three generations of befuddled Frenchmen. Hilarity ensues, as it so often does, when their seemingly unflappable bond between is tested by womanhood in all its wily unpredictability.

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27 November 1936 (France) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The play Guitry wrote was inspired by the difficult relationship with his womanizing father, the stage idol Lucien Guitry. See more »


Remade as Mon père avait raison (1996) See more »

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Trust your dad .
17 November 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Based ,like all the Guitry movies of the era, on one of the playwright's work ,"Mon Père Avait Raison" ,despite moments of unquestionable brilliance,is a desultory even a bit confusing work.One sees little of the writer's genius which produces such classics as "LES Perles De LA Couronne" or "La Vie D'Un Honnête Homme" .

The scene between Guitry and his father already shows,in 1936,the fear of getting old (which would be even more obvious in such works as "Debureau" or even the Maintenon/Louis XIV scenes in "Si Versailles M'Etait Conté" ) and of dying ;the father revealing he tells all the people around he is older than he really is ,it's a scene which is not anodyne but is more a way of deceiving death (later the search for immortality would be a permanent feature in the director's works)than interest in his appearance.

Another remarkable scene shows Guitry's unfaithful wife who succeeds in proving him she has always been faithful (for she was true to her lover till he died), Reductio Ad Absurdum,one of Guitry's forte.

Father may be right ,father knows best ,but father is going to die ,so Carpe Diem!It's a happy end ,provided you don't know Guitry's later works.

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