Quitte ou double (1952)

An old maid from the Province is in love with Zappy Max,a radio host .Zappy Max was very popular in France in those days.

Director:

Robert Vernay

Writer:

René Wheeler
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zappy Max Zappy Max ... Zappy Max
Suzanne Dehelly Suzanne Dehelly ... Charlotte Nodier
Danielle Godet ... Marie Chassagne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luc Andrieux Luc Andrieux
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Une spectatrice
Roland Armontel ... Chassagne - le père de Marie
France Asselin France Asselin ... La jeune mère de l'enfant malade
Paul Azaïs ... Tonio
Gaby Basset Gaby Basset ... Une voisine
Jacques Beauvais Jacques Beauvais
Léon Berton Léon Berton ... Le concierge de la mairie
Georges Bever Georges Bever
René Blancard ... Maîtee Albert Chassagne
Thomy Bourdelle ... Le chef monteur
Alain Bouvette Alain Bouvette
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An old maid from the Province is in love with Zappy Max,a radio host ;she writes him dozens of letter ,but she encloses the most beautiful girl in town's photograph with one of them.And the circus is coming to town ,and of course,so is her idol.The radio host has fallen in love with his correspondent,with the girl of the photograph that is.And this beauty has her problems too:her wealthy uncle resembles uncle Scroodge and does not want to lend her dear daddy the funds he need to buy a newspaper kiosk.But the spinster is a literature scholar ,and the chick has the voice of an angel :all will work out all right in the end. Written by dbdumonteil

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Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 February 1953 (France) See more »

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Olympic Films See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Zappy Max was one of France's most popular radio hosts of the 1950s. See more »

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During the radio game ,the candidate is asked in which century Molière was born;she answers: "eighteenth century" and she's congratulated . See more »

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Double or quits?
30 October 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Robert Vernay is mostly remembered for his two versions of Dumas '"Le Comte De Monte Cristo",the first one,made in the Occupation days ,generally considered best.One should add his version of "Le Capitan" ,in black and white,but longer than the 1959 color remake.

"Quitte Ou Double " could be called "radio days" at a time TV sets were very rare ;"Zappy Max was one of France's most popular radio hosts of the 1950s.":he was so popular he became the hero of a radio serial sponsored by a brand of laundry detergent,Sunil ;the commercials were smartly introduced in the actual story :Zappy finding a clue,a handkerchief ,and telling the listeners :"smells good,this handkerchief,must have been washed with Sunil"In the fifties, Zappy Max was touring France with radio-circus:a show, a talent show,and a game called " double or quits":your gains were in geometric progression with each good answer,but should you fail once,then you would lose everything.

An old maid from the Province is in love with Zappy Max ;she writes him dozens of letter ,but she encloses the most beautiful girl in town's photograph with one of them.And the circus is coming to town ,and of course,so is her idol.The radio host has fallen in love with his correspondent,with the girl of the photograph that is.And this beauty has her problems too:her wealthy uncle resembles uncle Scroodge and does not want to lend her dear daddy the funds he need to buy a newspaper kiosk.But the spinster is a literature scholar ,and the chick has the voice of an angel :all will work out all right in the end.

Cinematographically,it is totally devoid of interest;but it is a good time capsule ,capturing the radio days atmosphere ,with its dumb games (are they dumber than today's contests?),its serious ones with which you could become a millionaire ,its guest stars (Line Renaud sings two songs ,mostly filler),and occasionally its good deeds (here ,bringing medicine to a sick child).

Goof: During the radio game ,the candidate is asked in which century Molière was born;she answers: "eighteenth century" and she's congratulated !


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