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Les musiciens du ciel (1940)

A would be blind hoodlum redeems himself in the Salvation Army just for a lovely lieutenant.


Georges Lacombe


René Lefèvre (novel), René Lefèvre (adaptation) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Le lieutenant Saulnier
Michel Simon ... Le capitaine Simon
René Lefèvre ... Victor Barthélémy
René Alexandre ... Louis (as René Alexandre Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Auguste Bovério Auguste Bovério ... Le commissaire (as Boverio)
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Monsieur Moreau (as Bergeron)
Madeleine Geoffroy Madeleine Geoffroy ... Madame Moreau
Marcelle Praince ... La mère Beaume
Juliette Verneuil Juliette Verneuil ... La garde
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... Un clochard
Palmyre Levasseur Palmyre Levasseur
Jacques Thann Jacques Thann ... Le major
Gaston Jacquet
Noël Roquevert ... Le commissaire de police (as Roquevert)
Émile Riandreys Émile Riandreys ... Petite Pogne (as Riandreys)


Victor is a two-bit hoodlum .One day when he is pretending to be blind to beg for some money,he meets a Salvationist (lieutenant!) .He falls for her and becomes her assistant. Soon he wears the Salvation Army uniform too. There's a colorful character in the charitable organization,captain Simon, who tells the prodigal son's tale in his own way: Victor redeems his soul and love might find a way . But TB strikes the beautiful lieutenant . Written by dbdumonteil

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Release Date:

10 April 1940 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Himlens Musikanter See more »

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Regina Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Mélodium)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pie in the sky...... (and on earth too)
3 January 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

They do not do films like that anymore.

Georges Lacombe was a commendable director who made good thrillers ("le Dernier des Six" which owed a lot to (Henri-) George Clouzot)or interesting films noirs ("Leur Dernière Nuit" "La Lumière d'en Face") "Les Musiciens du Ciel" was a hymn to the Salvation Army -the year before,Julien Duvivier made Micheline Francey a Salvationist in "la Charette Fantôme" -.

René Lefèvre ("L'Ane de Buridan" "Gueule d'Amour" "Le Crime de Monsieur Lange") portrays a two-bit hoodlum .One day when he was pretending to be blind to beg for some money,he met a Salvationist (lieutenant!) (Michèle Morgan).he fell for her and became her assistant. Soon he would array himself in the Army's uniform.

Although the hero is in love with lieutenant Saulnier ,there are no kisses,no real love scenes between them.And there's a colorful character in the charitable organization:Michel Simon as captain Simon (sic) who tells the prodigal son's tale in his own way ,and his narration is worth the price of admission.

But TB strikes .As the "Mon Beau Sapin" traditional is sung by the whole congregation ,"they take her to Heaven" Simon says(no pun intended).

They don't do films like that anymore.

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