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The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940)

La fille du puisatier (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 28 September 1946 (USA)
A rural maiden's two suitors go off to war, leaving her pregnant.

Director:

Marcel Pagnol

Writers:

Marcel Pagnol, Herman G. Weinberg (English titles)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raimu ... Pascal Amoretti
Fernandel ... Félipe Rambert
Josette Day ... Patricia Amoretti
Line Noro ... Marie Mazel
Georges Grey ... Jacques Mazel
Fernand Charpin ... André Mazel (as Charpin)
Milly Mathis Milly Mathis ... Nathalie
Clairette Oddera ... Amanda Amoretti (as Claire)
Roberte Arnaud Roberte Arnaud ... Roberte Amoretti
Raymonde Raymonde ... Éléonore Amoretti
Tramel ... Maxime Exbrayat - le garçon de café
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... Le commis du bazar Mazel (as Maupi)
Charles Blavette ... Le teinturier (as Blavette)
Lucien Callamand Lucien Callamand ... Le colonel aviateur
Jean Heuzé Jean Heuzé ... Le capitaine-aviateur
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Storyline

Rural well-digger Pascal has a pretty 18-year-old daughter Patricia who grew up in Paris; he dreams of her marrying his middle-aged partner Felipe. But she meets young Jacques Mazel from the village; one thing leads to another, and when both Jacques and Felipe go off to war, she's carrying Jacques's child. Faced with estrangement from her father, denial by Jacques' family, and the news that Jacques himself is missing in action, will Patricia agree to marry Felipe? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The new triumph by the star and director of "The Baker's Wife".

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

The film underwent a restoration in 2019 by the Compagnie Méditerranéenne de Film, supervised by filmmaker Marcel Pagnol's grandson Nicolas Pagnol and Eric Vallée. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Well-Digger's Daughter (2011) See more »

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A tale from South of France
30 January 2020 | by johnpierrepatrickSee all my reviews

Pagnol's movies have to be heard in French, to have the pleasure to hear and fully appreciate this melodious accent. This time, the story focuses on 2 mains families, one poor and simple and one rich and more, let's say, cautious, in particular times as the story takes place in 1939 and 1940 - the movie being shot in 1940 and released at the end of that year.

The movie is a bit too long but rewards us with some crunchy scenes and 2 of the best French actors, Raimu and Fernandel. The rest of the cast does not reach the same levels (with these 2, the challenge is not easy) and the choice of the leading actress did not convince me as a 18y young girl. The scenario is so so, but still displays Pagnol love for simple, modest people.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 September 1946 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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