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Johnny Frenchman (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 October 1945 (UK)
The fisherman from a Cornish village have a friendly rivalry with the fishermen (and one formidable woman) from a French port. Then war comes and they must all rethink their petty differences.


Charles Frend


T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Françoise Rosay ... Lanec Florrie (as Francoise Rosay)
Tom Walls ... Nat Pomeroy
Patricia Roc ... Sue Pomeroy
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Bob Tremayne
Paul Dupuis ... Yan Kervarec
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Zacky Penrose
Arthur Hambling Arthur Hambling ... Steve Matthews
Richard George ... Charlie West
Bill Blewitt Bill Blewitt ... Dick Trewhiddle
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Joe Pender
Richard Harrison Richard Harrison ... Tim Bassett
Stan Paskin Stan Paskin ... Sam Olds (as Stanley Paskin)
James Knight James Knight ... Tom Hocking
Leslie Harcourt Leslie Harcourt ... Jack Nicholas
John Stone John Stone ... Sam Harvey


There is always rivalry between the Cornish and Breton fishermen, but the two factions have a routine ebb and flow of civil hostility until the breach is widened by the announced marriage of a Breton son to a Cornish maiden. It takes the outbreak of World War II to unite the sides against a common enemy, Nazi Germany. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film received its initial USA telecasts in Chicago Saturday 1 April 1950 on Grand Marquee on WNBQ (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Monday 8 May 1950 on KECA (Channel 7), and in New York City Tuesday 20 June 1950 on WNBT (Channel 4). See more »


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Long forgotten Ealing film
26 February 2016 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a curiously timed Ealing film.It was released in the UK in October 1945.It's main theme seems to be promoting Anglo French entente.therefore one would think that it would have been a better film for a year earlier.There is no doubt that Francois Rosay acts everyone else off the screen,even Tom Walls who overcast wildly in most of his films and was bad at taking direction.As has been mentioned Patricia Fox is totally out of place with her RADA accent.I found this film rather overlong at 100 minutes.I last saw this at the NFT about 20 years ago,and have only gotten around to viewing the DVD 7 years after buying it.So not particularly memorable.

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English | French

Release Date:

29 October 1945 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Florrie fra Bretagne See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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