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French Without Tears (1940)

The love affairs of three young Englishmen at a language cramming school in the south of France. Diana, the sister of one of the boys, arrives in town to flirt with all of her brothers' schoolmates.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

Ian Dalrymple, Terence Rattigan (original play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ray Milland ... Alan Howard
Ellen Drew ... Diana Lake
Janine Darcey Janine Darcey ... Jacqueline Maingot
David Tree ... Chris Neilan
Roland Culver ... Cmdr. Bill Rogers
Guy Middleton ... Brian Curtis
Kenneth Morgan Kenneth Morgan ... Kenneth Lake
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Marianne
Toni Gable Toni Gable ... Chi-Chi
Jim Gérald Jim Gérald ... Prof. Maingot
Mantovani Mantovani ... Orchestra Leader
Stella Roberts Stella Roberts ... Vocalist - Mantovani Orchestra
Peters Sisters Peters Sisters ... Sisters Act
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The love affairs of three young Englishmen at a language cramming school in the south of France. Diana, the sister of one of the boys, arrives in town to flirt with all of her brothers' schoolmates.

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A Modern Cleopatra at large in a school for diplomats! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cautela com as Mulheres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(shortened)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Ultraviolet)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Version of BBC Play of the Month: French Without Tears (1976) See more »

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Watchable.
17 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"French Without Tears" is a British-made film distributed by Paramount. It was originally a play by Terence Rattigan and apparently starred Rex Harrison (according to one of the other reviewers). His part was played here by Ray Milland.

The story is about a bunch of Brits living in France in order to take a language immersion program. Oddly, most of these folks didn't seem to care at all about learning the language and they seemed annoying because of this. The one big exception was Alan (Milland), who is the wise man in the program. He is not only working on his French but seems to know women...and watches as two of the residents of the program throw themselves at a pretty but manipulative woman. Will he, too, be able to withstand her charms?

To me, this film is enjoyable but dated. After all, a bunch of rather xenophobic Brits not bothering to learn French seems like a commentary about the British Empire of the time. The film also is a bit slow...but watchable if you are a patient viewer.


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