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The local building-contractor Martin Roumagnac is fascinated by the fashionable Blanche Ferrand. To impress Blache, Martin presents her with a villa. However, this ruins him financially. Despite Martin's many efforts for the now femme-fatal Blanche, she is not able to chose between him and the rich consul De Laubry.Written by
Bonnemain - le bistrot:
Business! Business! The Ferrand woman's in business too. He should ask her for money. She's the one who got a house for nothing.
Card player #1:
You don't have the tits!
Card player #2:
She knows what she's doing, being a bird dealer. She can pluck a pigeon!
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The one and only teaming of Jean Gabin and Marlene Dietrich is this post World
War II melodrama where Gabin plays the title role of Martin Roumagnac. Gabin
is in the building trades and is a working class stiff. After the war guys like him
were much in demand and he's on the way to a good living.
That is until he meets Dietrich who is playing one of her patented notorious
women. He falls for her like a wheelbarrow full of his own bricks and goes
way into cost overruns making her one grand villa. But she's marking time with
him, he's a bit of amusement, Marlene's after the rich Marcel Herand whose
shrew of a wife is lingering a bit too long on death's door to suit Dietrich and
Gabin and Dietrich were quite an item over here during his exile period in America before he joined the Free French. Had Martin Roumagnac been better
received Dietrich might well have set up permanent residence in France. No need to dub her, Dietrich's French was as fluent as her English. As it was
eventually she did make Paris her home.
Some good performances to note are Jean d'Yd as Dietrich's uncle and Margo
Lion as Gabin's sister. Blood relatives no nicknames involved for both. Also
that of Daniel Gelin as a young student crushing out over her big time.
There's a lot of similarities with Martin Roumagnac and The Letter with the
roles reversed. If you've seen either the Jeanne Eagels or Bette Davis versions
than you know what happens in Martin Roumagnac.
The film came out in 1946 and didn't make it to our shores until 1948 because
of the omnipresent Code. I think more than fans of the stars will appreciate it
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