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Le petit chose (1938)

Now that their parents are ruined, Jacques Eyssette and his younger brother Daniel, are driven to fend for themselves. Jacques becomes the secretary of a marquis who exploits him by making ... See full summary »

Director:

Maurice Cloche

Writers:

Alphonse Daudet (novel), Robert Destez (adaptation)
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Robert Lynen ... Daniel Eyssette dit le petit Chose
Arletty ... Irma Borel - une actrice
Marcelle Barry Marcelle Barry ... Madame Eyssette (as Marcelle Bary)
Raymonde Cazaux Raymonde Cazaux ... Les 'Yeux noirs' (as Cazau)
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ... Camille (as Janine Darcy)
Fignolita Fignolita ... Coucou Blanc
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... Madame Lalouette
Claire Gérard Claire Gérard ... La veuve Tribou
Marcelle Hainia Marcelle Hainia ... Madame Fougeroux (as Hainia)
Marianne Oswald Marianne Oswald ... La camarade
Fernand Charpin ... Monsieur Pierrotte (as Charpin)
Ida Presti Ida Presti ... La guitariste
Aimé Clariond ... Monsieur Eyssette père (as Clariond de la Comédie Française)
Prevot Prevot ... La concierge
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... L'abbé Germane (as Delmont)
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Now that their parents are ruined, Jacques Eyssette and his younger brother Daniel, are driven to fend for themselves. Jacques becomes the secretary of a marquis who exploits him by making him work so hard that his health gets damaged. Daniel, on his part, is hired as a supervisor and Latin teacher in a school in the province. It soon happens that he is in a bad situation too as, after being subjected to repeated harassment, he ends up being fired. Daniel then decides to join Jacques in Paris, hoping to embark on a literary career. Unfortunately, Irma Borel, an actress, sets her sight on him and drags him into a life of vice. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 June 1938 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La vita è un'altra cosa See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Poor boy
4 September 2006 | by bob998See all my reviews

This is the obscure film that Arletty made in 1938, the other was Hôtel du Nord, rather more famous. I wanted to see much more of those beautiful eyes than is on offer here; she has a small role as an actress who tries to lead our hero Daniel Eyssette into a dissolute life. It's a small but well-acted film with a star-studded cast that is sometimes very effective: whenever Jean Tissier, who plays Viot, the school guard with the huge key chain, is on screen, his brutal, conniving face will make you shudder. Robert le Vigan as Roger, the fencing master, is all moustachioed charm and not to be trusted.

Robert Lynen plays the hero; he is thin as a rail and his face is thin and eyes downcast whenever he faces humiliation, which is often. The happy ending surprises us, given the preceding events.


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