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The French, They Are a Funny Race (1955)

Les carnets du Major Thompson (original title)
Major Thompson, an Englishman living in France, comments in his memoirs on the peculiarities of his French wife and friends.

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writers:

Pierre Daninos (book), Preston Sturges
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Complete credited cast:
Jack Buchanan ... Le Major Marmaduke Thompson
Martine Carol ... Martine Thompson
Noël-Noël ... Monsieur Taupin
Totti Truman Taylor ... Miss Fyfyth
Katie Boyle ... Bit part (as Catherine Boyle)
André Luguet ... L'éditeur Fusillard
Geneviève Brunet Geneviève Brunet ... Ursula Thompson - la première femme du Major
Paulette Dubost ... Madame Taupin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Balpo Robert Balpo
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... La femme de chambre
Charles Bayard Charles Bayard
Marguerite Bour Marguerite Bour
François de Breteuil François de Breteuil ... Marc
Henri Coutet Henri Coutet
Lucien Frégis Lucien Frégis
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Major Thompson, an Englishman living in France, comments in his memoirs on the peculiarities of his French wife and friends.

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His English wife was a distinguished horsewoman. His French wife distinguished herself in other fields. See more »

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Comedy

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Original literary source: "Les carnets du Major Thompson. Découverte de la France et des Français", novel by Pierre Daninos, illustrated by Walter Goetz, published by Hachette, Paris, 1954, 244 pages. See more »

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Referenced in James Harvey on Preston Sturges (2014) See more »

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A touch of nostalgia
29 August 2016 | by LKazanSee all my reviews

"Les Carnets du Major Thompson" literally translating as "Major Thompson's Medals", or "Trophies"? How wrong! "Carnets" actually translate as "Major Thompson's Notebook" in English. Which explains that the book – and the film – be a sum of sequences of subtle humour, with the constant opposition of delightful Martine Carol as a sparkling Parisian woman, and her "so British" punctilious husband – yet a lovable character, Jack Buchanan… His series of notes depicting behavioural differences on each side of the Channel, focusing with pleasure on timeless traits of the French, such as the "moaner" side. To me, the book and the film were very much on line with George Mikes' notes at the time, such as "How to be Inimitable", "How to be an Alien", and so forth... With the re-editing of a number of Pierre Daninos' books, including "Les Carnets", I also would welcome a DVD version revival of Preston Sturges'film, with quite a touch of nostalgia.

Incidentally, the author Pierre Daninos was the brother of a French classy sports car manufacturer, the prestigious Facel Vega.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

9 December 1955 (France) See more »

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The French, They Are a Funny Race See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound)

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1.37 : 1
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