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Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)

Passed | | Drama, War | 20 March 1946 (Mexico)
In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Guy de Maupassant (short stories "Mademoiselle Fifi" and "Boule de Suif"), Josef Mischel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Simon ... Elisabeth Rousset
John Emery ... Jean Cornudet
Kurt Kreuger ... Lt. von Eyrick - Called 'Fifi'
Alan Napier ... The Count de Breville
Helen Freeman ... The Countess de Breville
Jason Robards Sr. ... A Wholesaler in Wines (as Jason Robards)
Norma Varden ... The Wholesaler's Wife
Romaine Callender ... A Manufacturer
Fay Helm ... The Manufacturer's Wife
Edmund Glover ... A Young Priest
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... The Curé of Cleresville
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In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the coach over, social standings are leveled and integrity and spirit are put to the test. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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She faced a question as old as Eve!

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Because of the extremely low budget for this film, sets from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939) were used. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Curé of Cleresville: I tell you again, Lt. von Eyrick, I will not ring the bell.
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Connections

Version of Maria no Oyuki (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinking Song
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by in German by the Prussian soldiers
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Attractive but dull
14 September 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

A rare non-horror effort from producer Val Lewton, this is a period film about a patriotic laundress during the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Lewton brought along Cat People star Simone Simon and director Robert Wise (who would do two horror films for Lewton, including Curse of the Cat People with Simon). Despite the setting, it's very obviously meant to be about Nazi-occupied France. It's also pretty clear Simon's character was meant to be a prostitute but the Code wouldn't allow that. The way the upper class types look down on her and the stuff about the German officer wanting to "dine" with her and her steadfast refusal over something so minor is indicative that more is going on here than the script is allowed to say outright. Simone's gorgeous as ever. I love her adorable accent. She handles herself well in this often unexciting costumer. The rest of the cast is fine, with Kurt Kreuger a standout as the slimy villain (and the title character). It's a beautiful-looking film with cinematography by Harry Wild. Lewton fans might like to take a look at it but don't expect anything like his atmospheric horror films.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

20 March 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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