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French Touch (1952)

Coiffeur pour dames (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 1 September 1954 (USA)
Mario (Fernandel), a bumptious sheep-shearer, discovers he has a inimtable touch that makes women, as well as sheep, swoon at his professional caress. He is soon the most sought-after ... See full summary »


Jean Boyer


Jean Boyer (adaptation), Serge Veber (adaptation) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Marius, dit Mario
Renée Devillers Renée Devillers ... Mme Brochand
Arlette Poirier Arlette Poirier ... Edmonde
Georges Chamarat ... Le docteur
Françoise Soulié Françoise Soulié ... Denise Brochand
Jacques Eyser Jacques Eyser ... Vatherin
Mireille Ponsard Mireille Ponsard ... Une cliente
Claudette Donald Claudette Donald
Nadine Tallier ... Mlle Mado
Nicole Jonesco Nicole Jonesco ... Colette - la soubrette
Yana Gani Yana Gani ... L'impératrice
Julien Maffre Julien Maffre ... Le paysan à la jument (as Maffre)
José Noguéro José Noguéro ... Gonzalès Cordeba y Navarro y Vavor
Manuel Gary Manuel Gary ... Gaëtan
Georges Lannes ... Brochand


Mario (Fernandel), a bumptious sheep-shearer, discovers he has a inimtable touch that makes women, as well as sheep, swoon at his professional caress. He is soon the most sought-after hairdresser in France and is awarded the Legion of Honor. Among the women whose lives are changed by a hairdo(and his "touch") are Renee Devillers, his understanding wife; Arlette Poirier, a busy demimondaine, and Blanchette Brunoy, his most appreciative customer who sets up his ritzy establishment. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gallic...Saucy...Spicy...and very, very funny!




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Release Date:

1 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

French Touch See more »

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Production Co:

Hoche Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The glory days of French cinema
26 November 2004 | by tomquickSee all my reviews

Tired of the IMDb top 250 films? Embarrassed (or bored) with seeing a film like Star Wars on the top of the heap? Then this film may or may not be for you. Not only is it hard to find, it's also not very good. It's another Fernandel/Boyer vehicle, which plays out as a rags to riches story of a sheep shearer turned hair cutter, in a series of sometimes funny vignettes.

The beauty of this film is not in its plot. The fifties were the glory days of French cinema, and millions turned out to watch films like this. Even on into the 60's French audiences did not watch nouvelle vague the way they did farces by the likes of Boyer, Oury and Verneuil; starring comedians like Bourvil, De Funes and Fernandel. These directors had the ability to create distinctively French films, which appealed broadly to the French people.....the sharply focused black and white images of postwar France, the machine-gun delivery of lines (often in a supremely self-assured fashion) , some ridiculous pratfalls (less in this film than in some of the others), and a few healthy dollops of sentiment. Ahh....those were the days. More readily available films; like Roman Holiday, the Tati films, or the Clouseau series; come close to capturing this style.

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