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Les casse-pieds (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Romance | 28 December 1953 (USA)
A series of vignettes, in which Noel-Noel appears as the moderator, lecturer, commentator and leading actor, that examine the bores and pests of everyday life much like Pete Smith and ... See full summary »


Jean Dréville


Noël-Noël (original screenplay), Edward Kingsley (English titles) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Noël-Noël ... Lecturer
Bernard Blier ... Bernard
Jean Tissier ... Jean
Henri Crémieux ... Henri
Pierre Destailles Pierre Destailles ... L'employé du gaz
Marguerite Deval Marguerite Deval ... Marguerite
René Blancard ... Thomas
Paul Frankeur ... Le blagueur
Georges Questau Georges Questau ... Le postillonneur
Jacques Mattler Jacques Mattler ... L'industriel
Charles Vissières Charles Vissières ... Le speaker (as Charles Vissière)
Claire Olivier Claire Olivier ... La dame qui porte en ville
Elisa Lamotte Elisa Lamotte ... La dame qui conduit mal
Marion Tourès Marion Tourès ... L'amoureuse (as Marion Tourrès)
Aline André Aline André ... L'épouse


A series of vignettes, in which Noel-Noel appears as the moderator, lecturer, commentator and leading actor, that examine the bores and pests of everyday life much like Pete Smith and Robert Benchley had done for years in American short subjects. Among those are the Practical Joker who will do anything for a laugh; the Party Entertainer who never stops singing; the Talkative Neigbor who forgets the time; the noisy neighbors who dance the tango all night; and women drivers, people who telephone at meal time, the friend you never saw before and amatuer medical experts. Much use of trick photography, montages, puppets and animation along with some adult Gallic wit and gentle satire. The title was changed to "The Spice of Life" when it was released in the USA in 1953. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Winner of 3 International Grand Prizes


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Release Date:

28 December 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spice of Life See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gaumont Cinemaphonic See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Visa de Contrôle Cinématographique N°7.033 du 10 Novembre 1948. See more »

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Wonderful French Comedy. Clever, but might be dated now.
9 October 2002 | by jfcoletSee all my reviews

I saw this French (subtitled) film at a Film Festival at the Thalia Theater in New York back in the late 50s or early 60s. To my knowledge,it has never been available since. I thought it was hilarious, but it might not work today. It was something like an expanded Pete Smith short with a number of episodes dealing with various "pests". I have tried for many years to find a source for this film, but I doubt that it exists anywhere now other than in some obscure film vault in France. I would certainly like to see it again to assure myself that I wasn't wrong in giving it such a high rating.

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