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La tendre ennemie (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 30 May 1938 (USA)
Two ghosts attend an engagement party, unseen by the other guests. One ghost, Dupont, is the father of the bride-to-be. He looks back on his marriage to her mother. His wife Annette was ... See full summary »

Director:

Max Ophüls

Writers:

Curt Alexander (screenplay), André-Paul Antoine (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Berriau Simone Berriau ... Annette Dupont, l'ennemie
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... La Mère
Laure Diana Laure Diana ... La Poule
Jacqueline Daix Jacqueline Daix ... Line - la fille de l'ennemie
Georges Vitray Georges Vitray ... Dupont
Lucien Nat Lucien Nat ... Le Promis
Pierre Finaly Pierre Finaly ... L'oncle Émile
Henri Marchand Henri Marchand ... Extra
Maurice Devienne Maurice Devienne ... Le Fiancé
Camille Bert Camille Bert ... Docteur Desmoulins
Marc Valbel Marc Valbel ... Rodrigo
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Storyline

Two ghosts attend an engagement party, unseen by the other guests. One ghost, Dupont, is the father of the bride-to-be. He looks back on his marriage to her mother. His wife Annette was always very unhappy; business kept him away from home. The doctor recommended indulging her whims for furs and jewels. Then Uncle Émile suggested a trip to Paris. All went well until the day they went to the circus and saw the lion-tamer, Rodrigo the Conqueror. Rodrigo becomes Annette's lover ... and the second ghost... But wait a second. There's a third ghost at the party! Written by David Carless

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What Happens When 3 Smart Ghosts Take a Holiday?


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

30 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tender Enemy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eden Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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Ghost stories
1 November 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This is one of the rare movies in Ophuls' work were the woman is not sacrificed.The victims here are rather the two men,or rather their ghosts ...who come back on Line's wedding day.They are her father and her mother's lover, a lion tamer.It is not really a tale of fantasy though.The ghosts' role is to introduce the flashbacks .They exchange pleasant lines: "how annoying it is to feel the living passing through you!" and after realizing they were unhappy during their earthly ride,they decide to make LIne marry the man she really loves.

This is an odd disconcerting film and the characters have not the substance they have in the director's other works.There's a good use of music: the popular waltz "Froufrou" (=rustle),"Aimer" sung by an opera singer and the ironic little tune "Il était un petit navire " (there was a little ship which had never sailed away).But one cannot place "Tendre Ennemie" among Ophuls' best works.


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