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The Cow and I (1959)

La vache et le prisonnier (original title)
TV-PG | | Comedy | 16 December 1959 (France)
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.

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

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Very enjoyable escape movie
18 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film rather by coincidence, but I'm glad I did. I didn't know the film, and I'm not particularly fond of French movies (not necessarily a hater too), but I started watching and was soon hooked. It's a nice little film about a French prisoner of war who wants to escape Germany with a cow by his side (pretending he's taking the cow someplace).

Although this premise may sound a bit thick (or thin, as you wish), it's a thoroughly enjoyable movie, with some heartfelt and funny moments, as well as a few moments of suspense. Fernandel gives an excellent performance, happily with few fringes, as the movie could easily have been turned into a flat cheesy comedy by a lesser actor. A lot of credit goes out the photography, it's superb, I felt like I could hang every frame of the movie on my wall (as is often the case with them old black and white movies). Loved it.


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