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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.

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!

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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:

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Mono (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The biggest grossing movie of its year in France. See more »

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A forgotten classic
23 August 2001 | by kmoss55See all my reviews

This film by Henri Verneuil showed Fernandel in one of his best roles. Today he is still funny as a cheeky but down-to-earth man with simple needs who is dragged into impossible situations. This is an out-of-the-ordinary "love story" between a man and and a stubborn cow (the animal of course, nothing offensive let me reassure you) called Marguerite...I like the twist at the end after all their little adventures.

Charmingly dated but worth seeing again if you are feeling a bit nostalgic !


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