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Agonies (1954)

Tourments (original title)
A couple has adopted a child ;But the biological mother comes back ,determined to take him back.
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Tino Rossi ... Jacques Duffot dit Tony Caylor
Blanchette Brunoy ... Anne-Marie Duffot
Jean Dunot Jean Dunot ... Lucien, un détective de l'agence Gorlier
Louis de Funès ... Eddy Gorlier
Raymond Cordy ... Jo Bractonne
Paul Azaïs ... Le père Bizule, gardien de chantier
Charles Dechamps ... M. de Vandière
Renée Corciade Renée Corciade ... Mme Prestat
Jeanne Véniat Jeanne Véniat
Simone Logeart Simone Logeart ... Gertrude, la nurse
Renée Duretty Renée Duretty
Jacqueline Marco Jacqueline Marco
Jackie Sardou Jackie Sardou ... (as Jackie Rollin)
André Richard André Richard
Georges Cécil Georges Cécil
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A couple has adopted a child ;the man ,a successful singer, gave up his career and became a race horse breeder .But the mother comes back and ,after marrying a wealthy man in South America,wants her brat back.She hires a shady private eye :blackmail,emotional blackmail,libels, despair of the wife who leaves her husband ,and the boy runs away from his desirable home.The biological mom will step aside in favor of the virtuous adoptive one,and dad will resume his career. Written by dbdumonteil

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Soundtracks

Bella Bella Donna
Music by Gerhard Winkler
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Tino Rossi
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Old toys and new moms
31 August 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Jacques Daniel-Norman's last effort and Tino Rossi's last part (in the 1963 work,he was only a guest star)

They had already teamed up for "Son Dernier Noel" ,a melodrama ."Tourments" is more of the same ,both movies revolving around a child ;it's just much more derivative ,and except for the short scenes when the rich kid meets Paris urchins who teach him slang (when he leaves them,he knows the world "Flic" (=cop)),hindsight does not display the same charm .

A couple (Rossi and Blanchette Brunoy) has adopted a child ;the man ,a successful singer gave up his career and became a race horse breeder .But the mother(Jacqueline Porel) comes back and ,after marrying a wealthy man in South America,wants her brat back.She hires a shady private eye (Louis De Funès!!and in a part longer than usually in the early fifties):blackmail,emotional blackmail,libels, despair of the wife who leaves her husband ,and the boy runs away from his desirable home.

Rossi sings four songs ,including "Bella Donna" and a lullaby for his dear boy;he also performs live on stage at the end of the film.This work was ,anyway ,a vehicle for the Chanteur.If you do not like this style of music,I would rather suggest "Son Dernier Noel".


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 April 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Agonies See more »

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Vascos Films See more »
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Mono
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