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The Cow and I (1959)

La vache et le prisonnier (original title)
In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Jacques Antoine (story "Histoire Vraie"), Henri Jeanson (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fernandel ... Charles Bailly - prisonnier de guerre
Pierre-Louis Pierre-Louis ... Hauptmann Müller - évadé déguisé en SS (as Pierre Louis)
Ellen Schwiers ... Josepha alias 'Marlène' - la fermière
Ingeborg Schöner ... Helga
Heinrich Gretler Heinrich Gretler ... Bockmann
Richard Winckler Richard Winckler ... Hauptmann Rupp - évadé déguisé en SS
Bernard Musson Bernard Musson ... Pommier - prisonnier de guerre
Maurice Nasil Maurice Nasil ... Bertoux - prisonnier de guerre
René Havard René Havard ... Vicomte Bussière - prisonnier de guerre
Albert Rémy ... Colinet - prisonnier de guerre dans la scierie
Franziska Kinz Franziska Kinz ... La Mere d'Helga
Benno Hoffmann Benno Hoffmann ... Un Garde
Franz Muxeneder Franz Muxeneder ... (scenes deleted)
Marcel Rouzé Marcel Rouzé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marguerite Marguerite ... a Star
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Storyline

In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way. Written by Jean-Marie Berthiaume <jiembe@videotron.ca>

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FERNANDEL MEETS MARGUERITE...And only the broadminded French could tell the whole story of their very unusual and hilarious romance!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

16 December 1959 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cow and I See more »

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Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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I hoped for a human story
17 January 2015 | by ersbelSee all my reviews

I hoped for a human story. I did not get it.

It is about the war. It is not about being heroic in the war. And that is where the script ends. During a long and boring film you get certain flashes: the German girl is treating the French well. The French have bad French gestapovists. The story starts out of nothing. And ends with a promise to have a better second movie. Meaning it ends where it started: nowhere.

Dull. Quite obvious. The war is glossed over. More like a silly video game where the hero has to get out of a maze. The war is the excuse to have the hero turn round the maze. The rest is glossed over going to the point of ridicule where the Russians (sounds more like Polish) are unguarded, but the Frenchmen are.

This movie is one in a long tradition of French movies with no cultural value. The team can only hope the story gets old enough in order to get some historic value, in the sense "your grandma was your age when this movie was in theaters". At least La Grade vadrouille can be funny.

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