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Francis the First (1937)

François Premier (original title)
Approved | | Comedy | 25 March 1947 (USA)
Honorin (Fernandel) is the simple and naive stage manager of a traveling theatre troupe, whose one ambition is to once play the role of the cavalier in the opera "Francis I, or the Loves of... See full summary »

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... Honorin
Mona Goya ... Elsa et Madeleine Ferron
Alexandre Rignault ... Henri VIII
... Luigi Cascaroni et Jean Ferron
Aimé Simon-Girard ... François Premier
Alice Tissot ... Madame Cascaroni et Dame Alfredine
Charles Lemontier ... La Palisse
Alexandre Mihalesco ... Cagliostro
Sinoël ... Le fantôme
René Génin ... Cascaroni et l'aubergiste
Henri Valbel ... L'inquisiteur
Paul Delon ... Montmorency
Jean Marconi ... Montchenu
Nicolas Amato ... Le chevalier Bayard
Jacques Vitry ... Bourbon
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Honorin (Fernandel) is the simple and naive stage manager of a traveling theatre troupe, whose one ambition is to once play the role of the cavalier in the opera "Francis I, or the Loves of the Beautiful Ferroniere". A hypnotist puts him to sleep and in his dreams he is transplanted to the days of the Renaissance. There, among other items, he is made a Duke by Henri VIII, fights a duel and survives a series of medieval tortures, while also bestowing some 20th century blessings on the court of Francis I. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Smart and funny
23 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was about 8 years old, during a sleep-over at my French grandparents. Although the movie never came out on DVD, I did find it in a French video store in Los Angeles twenty years later and enjoyed it as much as when I was a kid! Fernandel plays Honorin, a frustrated stage manager of a traveling theater troupe, whose one ambition is to play the part of the cavalier in the opera "Francois I". A hypnotist puts him to sleep and in his dreams he is transplanted back to the area of the French Renaissance. That's when the fun begins. Having taken a Larousse encyclopedia with him, he becomes the favorite of the French court when he's able to tell them what's going to happen in their future, just by looking it up in the book!!! Being a film maker, I always wanted to make a remake of the movie, until a mediocre Martin Lawrence flic called "Black Knight" was released, in which an employee of a Medieval theme park is transported to Old England, where his modern lifestyle clashes with the Renaissance period ... Believe me, if you can get your hands on the original, watch it, it's a real gem!


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