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Raphaël le tatoué (1939)

Modeste works in an automobile factory. Because he needs an alibi in front of his boss, he invents a twin brother, Raphael.


Christian-Jaque (as Christian Jaque)


Curt Alexander (adaptation), André Gillois (dialogue) (as Maurice Diamant-Berger) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Fernandel ... Modeste Manosque, alias Raphaël
Raymond Aimos ... Albert Musse (as Aimos)
Pierre Stéphen Pierre Stéphen ... Max Corner
René Génin ... Le cousin Roméo
Madeleine Sologne Madeleine Sologne ... Élisabeth
Germaine Charley ... Marguerite de Vanves
Roger Legris ... Bedouin
Léon Belières ... Réginald Brick
Marie-Therese Fleury Marie-Therese Fleury ... Mademoiselle Tout-Auto
Monique Rolland ... Aline de Vanves
Armand Bernard ... Roger Drapeau
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Brochard ... Le commissaire (as Brochard)
Alexandre Mihalesco ... Pferd (as Mihalesco)
Fred Pasquali Fred Pasquali ... Le maître d'hôtel (as Pasquali)
Jean Témerson Jean Témerson ... Monsieur Chromo (as Témerson)


Modeste is a night watchman at the factory of automaker Roger Drapeau. One evening, his cousin Romeo, takes him to an amusement park to introduce him to Aline who works in the hut of her aunt, Mme de Vanves. But Roger Drapeau comes to pass by there, and Modeste, the next day, invents to his boss who wants to fire him, a story of twin brothers. But soon, the unfortunate employee will be forced to play the role of this imaginary bad boy: Raphaël the Tattooed.

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Un Dur, un Vrai, un Tatoué
Music by Casimir Oberfeld
Lyrics by Jean Manse
Performed by Fernandel
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First-class Fernandel
17 December 2004 | by ohm_tvedeSee all my reviews

Fernandel shines in this Christian-Jaque comedy. He is here allowed to play a dual character as his boss at the car factory is convinced the night watchman Modeste has a petty criminal brother meeting the first one at a night club when he should be at his night shift. Consequently, he tries to make the twins his driver(s) in hope to win the next automobile marathon. This nice fluff includes musical numbers, romance and some car chases. This is one of the hundreds of french comedies from the 30s very few people will ever be able to see, films who despite their very unpretentious nature always have something special to offer their viewers. This is one of the very best.

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Release Date:

1 March 1939 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Campeão à Força See more »

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Production Co:

Pan Ciné See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Optiphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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