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Lovers, Happy Lovers! (1954)

Monsieur Ripois (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 30 September 1954 (USA)
A philanderer fakes suicide with unexpected consequences.


René Clément


Louis Hémon (novel) (as Louis Hemon), Hugh Mills (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Gérard Philipe ... André Ripois
Valerie Hobson ... Catherine Ripois
Joan Greenwood ... Norah
Margaret Johnston ... Anne
Natasha Parry ... Patricia
Germaine Montero Germaine Montero ... Marcelle


From the Louis Hemon novel "M. Ripois and His Nemesis" about Andre Ripois, a philanderer in pursuit of love and riches from Paris to London. Andre is breaking up with his wife, Catherine, over his attentions to her best friend Patricia. While Catherine is out arranging the divorce, Andre, just to keep in practice, hits on the girl upstairs, Diana and then turns his attention back to Patricia, who he tricks into having dinner at his flat on the pretext that Catherine will be there. When he cannot make any progress with her via his usual tactics, he tries to arouse her pity be telling her of his past. In his early, impoverished days in London, he made love to his boss Anne but her dreadful cooking drove him away. Next came Norah who he picked up on a bus and took to his flat and told her about his make-believe inheritance, but she insisted on marriage first, which was not in his plans. Marcelle, a French woman living in Soho, put him on his feet with money, and he repaid her by stealing... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A French Rake's Progress Among English Women! (originalUSA poster) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Some of the footage showing London the way it really was in the early 50s, not gussied up for filmmaking, was captured with a hidden camera. See more »


When Andre leaves Anne, the whole crew is reflected in the taxi that takes him away. See more »


References Lili (1953) See more »


Song of Margaret/Chanson de Margaret
Lyrics by Pierre Dumarchais (as P. Mac Orlan)
Music by V. Marceau
Sung by Germaine Montero
Editions Enoch & Co.
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Gerard Philipe
13 August 2018 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

It is his film. In the most profound sense. Without any explanation. Story of a seducer. Using all the skills of Philipe. Especialy his spectacular freshness. And admirable manner to propose a great character, in few scenes against the script.

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Release Date:

30 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lover Boy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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