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Honoré de Marseille (1956)

An ethnologist comes to interview a Marseillais of old stock.

Director:

Maurice Régamey

Writers:

Yves Favier (story), Jean Manse (screenplay & dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Honoré de Marseille / Protis / Honorius
Andrex ... Pastèque
Francis Blanche ... Pasquale Marchetti
Claire Diamant Claire Diamant ... Josette
Jacqueline Leroux Jacqueline Leroux ... Marité
Julien Maffre Julien Maffre ... Le balayeur
Hélène Tossy Hélène Tossy
Yvonne Monlaur ... Gyptis
Robert Pizani ... Baccala
Michel Etcheverry Michel Etcheverry ... Bob
Edmond Ardisson ... Victor - le cafetier
Maryse Patris Maryse Patris ... Toinette
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... Bonafous (as Arius)
Marthe Marty Marthe Marty
Jenny Hélia Jenny Hélia ... Mme. Marchetti (as Jenny Helia)
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An ethnologist comes to interview a Marseillais of old stock.These humble cheerful Marseillais have never heard of ethnologists but they pretend they do and Honoré begins to tell the story of his dear city :Honorius ,his Roman ancestor ,founded Massilia when he married the Ligure tribe chief's daughter ;then ,later on,in the Pompey/Ceasar rivalry days ,Honoris,another forefather,made the wrong choice,and ,besieged by Julius' armies,he invented the game of Pétanque to stave off boredom.. Written by dbdumonteil

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Comedy | Musical

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The song "C'est Noël" composed by Henri Betti with the lyrics of Jean Manse was sung by Fernandel in a scene that was edited out. It was later sung by Georges Guétary and Tino Rossi. See more »

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Oh ! Honoré
Music by Henri Betti
Lyrics by Jean Manse
Sung by Fernandel
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Gary Coper (sic) wears suspenders
23 October 2014 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

It's Fernandel's film ,in every sense of the word ;the director is unknown and he apparently remains at his star's beck and call.

"Honoré De Marseille" is a very uneven movie,with a desultory script .It's close to the movie made up of sketches; by and large ,it consists of five parts :

1)Ethnology in Marseille town.

An ethnologist comes to interview a Marseillais of old stock ;it was obviously inspired by Sacha Guitry 's series of historical movies such as "Si Versailles M'Etait Conté" but the writers cannot hold a candle to him .These humble cheerful Marseillais have never heard of ethnologists but they pretend they do and Honoré begins to tell the story of his dear city Two costume sequences are included :Honorius ,my Roman ancestor ,founded Massilia when he married the Ligure tribe chief's daughter ;then ,later on,in the Pompey/Ceasar rivalry days ,Honoris,another forefather,made the wrong choice,and ,besieged by Julius' armies,he invented the game of Pétanque to stave off boredom.

2) Fishing party.

Very macho lines make it the most unpleasant segment of the movie . But he who laughs last....

3)Welcome Saturnin.

Certainly the funniest part ;Saturnin is a cuckold ,but ,in spite of involuntary gaffes,he does not realize his misfortune .

4)Weary Xmas .

While Honoré ,wife and daughter are decorating the tree,up comes a wop : a friendly piece of advice will prove disastrous.

5)The beauty contest .

A greybeard covets one of the beauties,and asks Honoré to make her win the "miss ocean blue" title.

Fernandel sings three or four songs ,not among his best in his repertoire. The movie has its moments and should appeal to Fernandel's fans;the others can do without it.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 January 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Egy életművész Marseille-ben See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cité Films, Protis Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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