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L'impossible Monsieur Pipelet (1955)

Director:

André Hunebelle

Writer:

Jean Halain (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Simon ... Maurice Martin
Etchika Choureau ... Jacqueline Martin
Mischa Auer ... L'écrivain
Maurice Baquet Maurice Baquet ... Jojo
Jean Brochard ... Monsieur Richet
Jean-Jacques Delbo Jean-Jacques Delbo ... Monsieur Francis (as Jean Jacques Delbo)
Jacques Dynam ... Monsieur Durand, un futur père
Louis de Funès ... Oncle Robert (as Louis De Funès)
Noël Roquevert ... Le colonel
Louis Velle ... Georges Richet
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Tante Mathilde
Simone Bach Simone Bach ... Une camarade de Jacqueline
Christiane Choiseul Christiane Choiseul
Jacqueline Gut Jacqueline Gut ... Madame Smith
Benoîte Labb Benoîte Labb ... La patronne du bistrot (as Benoite Lab)
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 July 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El portero, su hija y don Basilio See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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French censorship visa #16.617 See more »

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Maurice Martin: He gets on my nerves with his "My good man" and "My good Germaine". What gives him the right to speak to me like that? After all he's nothing but a grocer made rich by canned food! What "My good man" means is "My good BROKE man, if you live it's thanks to me, thanks to the money I made in canned food. Be kind, my good Maurice, here's your doggie sugar"...
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Soundtracks

Le coeur est un grelot
Lyrics by Henri Poupon
Music by Georges Picquet
Published by Editions Ch. Caffe (1911)
Sung by Gaby Morlay
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Paris mid-fifties
5 October 2013 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Monsieur Martin's nickname ,"Pipelet" ,is taken from Eugène Sue's mammoth novel "Les Mystères De Paris;"Pipelet" has become a common name for the "Concierges",a very frequent job at the time .

André Hunebelle was not what they call "an auteur" :he used to see which way the Wind blew and made gentle comedies (like this one) ,sword and sandal movies and spy thrillers,depending on the taste of the era .

Michel Simon was,as usual ,perfect as the lead :although his daughter has just got her Baccalauréat -which,at the time,was something !- ,he always enjoys using slang with one of the tenants ,a would be "writer" ,maybe a nod to his old part in "Fric Frac " ;otherwise,I think that his then-co-star Arletty would have made a much better wife than sluggish Gaby Morlay ,who is too distinguished to play a woman of the people successfully.

This is more a succession of daily life vignettes than a real screenplay;the love affair between the Concierge's daughter and the owner of the house (a self made man who has become the king of canned peas)does not take more than 20 minutes in the whole film.

There are some interesting lines:"Why should we call him "Monsieur Richet" whereas he calls us "My good fellow"? "So princes don't marry Shepherd girls? Who do you think you are?the king of canned peas whose father was a greengrocer!would you call your son a prince?" Louis De Funès is cast as Simon's brother-in-law but he already has a tendency to overplay;Louis Velle would become famous in the early seventies thanks to "La Demoiselle D'Avignon" TV series .

It's an old-fashioned movie,but it shows the little world of men and women of the people in the mid-fifties.


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