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April Fools' Day (1954)

Poisson d'avril (original title)
Emile is mechanic in a garage, he saves each month a share of his salary to buy his wife Charlotte a washing machine. Unfortunately, he is "twisted" by a salesman who makes him buy ultra-modern fishing tackle.

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Gilles Grangier

Writers:

Gérard Carlier (screenplay), Michel Audiard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bourvil ... Émile Dupuy
Annie Cordy ... Charlotte Dupuy
Jacqueline Noëlle Jacqueline Noëlle ... Annette Coindet
Maurice Biraud ... Le vendeur du bazar
Louis Bugette Louis Bugette ... Le garagiste (as Bugette)
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... Louis dit Pépère - le bistrot
Suzanne Grey Suzanne Grey ... La voisine
René Havard René Havard ... L'examinateur
Jean Hébey Jean Hébey ... Monsieur Dutreille - le client du garage
Charles Lemontier Charles Lemontier ... Monsieur André (as Lemontier)
Guy Loriquet Guy Loriquet ... Léon
Gérard Sabatier Gérard Sabatier ... Le petit Jacky Dupuy
Zeimet Zeimet ... Germain
Denise Grey ... Clémentine Prévost
Pierre Dux ... Gaston Prévost
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Emile is mechanic in a garage, he saves each month a share of his salary to buy his wife Charlotte a washing machine. Unfortunately, he is "twisted" by a salesman who makes him buy ultra-modern fishing tackle.

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This movie like others French ones of that period shows the changing economic times of the 30 years boom called 'Les Trente Glorieuses'. Émile goes to buy an automatic clothes washer for his wife. As a mechanic, he takes care of more cars and with those many cars around, people tend to go farther from Paris for relaxation . Lagny where he goes fishing is about 15 miles east from Paris while Nogent, famous before the war a Sunday destination as show in Carné's 'Nogent, Eldorado du dimanche', was easily reached by train and was about 8 miles. away to the east also. See more »

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Aragon et Castille
Music by Boby Lapointe and Étienne Lorin
Lyrics by Boby Lapointe
Performed by Bourvil
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April fools
10 March 2013 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In the wake of the huge success of "Le Corniaud" and "La Grande Vadrouille" ," Poisson D'Avril" was theatrically re-released in the mid-sixties in France and it is sure easy to see why:it was the first time comic superstars Bourvil and Louis De Funès had played together,and they thought it was the right time to capitalize on the success of this golden pair.

Actually ,De Funès has only one scene (a five-minute appearance ) and it can,from that point of view ,be considered a shameless exploitation of the commercial phenomenon.

That said,Gilles Grangier is not lacking in practical experience ,and although his metier was essentially the thriller in the fifties ,he made an entertaining (and often very funny) comedy in the grand tradition of what the French call 'Théâtre De Boulevard ".The scene of the chic dinner in the luxury house ,where Bourvil and Pierre Duc tell their war "memories" is hilarious .Good support by Annie Cordy who often played with Bourvil ,not only in the movies,but also on stage .


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Country:

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Language:

French

Release Date:

28 July 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

April Fish See more »

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