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Le gendarme de Champignol (1959)





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Claudius Binoche
... Vittorio - le bandit de la colline aux oiseaux
Alexandre Dréan ... Le docteur (as Dréan)
... Suzette Binoche
Nadine Basile ... Suzette Grégorio
Jack Ary ... Le droguiste (as Jacques Ary)
Mag-Avril ... La postière (as Mag Avril)
Florence Blot ... Une vendeuse
Charles Bouillaud ... L'adjudant Fournier
Edmond Chemi ... (as Edmond Cheni)
... Un homme au restaurant
... Le gendarme Ratinet
... Le gendarme La Huchette
Robert Rollis ... Antoine
Jean-Paul Rouland ... Le pharmacien


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27 May 1959 (France)  »

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The Gendarme of Champignol  »

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Followed by Le caïd de Champignol (1966) See more »

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The first of the two sequels of "Nous Autres A Champignol",it repeats all the flaws of its mother-egg;it's really cheesy cinema,without really talented thespians such as Fernandel ,Bourvil or De Funès.Jean Richard is no match for them.

Richard takes on his part of Claudius ,but he is a bachelor again,and this time becomes a gendarme ;other actors who were featured in the first installment come back here but in different parts:Noel Roquevert ,as the captain,who steals the show from the star each time he appears ,and Roger Pierre as "the -bandit-from -the hills".

Like in the first movie,too,the best scenes are to be found in the first quarter:the arrival in the village where the gendarmes are reluctantly transferred is a place where the cops are not the welcome:the Streets are bare,with the exception of a hearse,the inhabitants slams their door and their window in their face ,even the water from the fountain stops flowing,and the bells toll.The storekeepers do not want to sell them food,and when they agree,they get vinegar instead of the so-called vintage wine.

Unfortunately,the rest of the movie does not follow suit:it is a mean patchy screenplay,made of desultory sketches ,often repetitive ,short on really funny gags .

This movie is probably responsible for the "Gendarme saga" ,starring Louis De Funès ,which was to become one of the most popular continuing story of the following decades.

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