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The Trip to Biarritz (1963)

Le voyage à Biarritz (original title)
Guillaume Dodut is a station master who dreams of Biarritz, whose posters are spread over his platform, and of professional success for his son. But he postpones his vacation, preventing his father from going to Biarritz.


Gilles Grangier


Raymond Castans (dialogue), Gilles Grangier (dialogue) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernandel ... Guillaume Dodut
Michel Galabru ... Touffanel
Rellys ... Louis
Catherine Sola Catherine Sola ... Thérèse
Jacques Chabassol Jacques Chabassol ... Charles Dodut
Hélène Tossy Hélène Tossy ... Madeleine Dodut
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Le reporter
Paul Bonifas ... Bourrély
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Paul Bonnenfant
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Bastide
Jean-Pierre Moulin Jean-Pierre Moulin ... Philippe
Gaston Rey Gaston Rey ... Beaucoiran
Max de Rieux Max de Rieux ... Laget
Michael Anthony
Richard Caldicot


Guillaume Dodut, station master of Puget-sur-Var, learns that the stop of the passenger train will be removed. He then remembers that even the "Côte d'Argent" which came from Paris stopped in its station, that his son stood in front of a very beautiful wagon and said to him "by car for Biarritz". Charles is now 25 years old and completed his engineering studies with an internship in London. He will find his father's station in the second category. After a whirlwind trip to London where he cannot even see his son, Guillaume learns on his return that he is arriving the next day. Little Thérèse, who works at the counter, will even be invited to the family table, because he wants her son to marry the "little one". But Charles had other plans in mind and put the little station in turmoil when he announced that he would live in London and that he would marry Marjorie, the daughter of his boss. The Provençal sun, Thérèse's smile and the father's grief will quickly overcome this fragile ...

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Arletty's very last part...
17 May 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...before she went almost blind and gave up acting.And she had not played opposite to Fernandel since "Fric Frac" (1939).

"Le Voyage à Biarritz " is not a great swansong for an actress who was featured in the all-time masterpiece of the FRench cinema "Les Enfants du Paradis"! But it is pleasant entertaining harmless stuff.Fernandel,as endearing as ever ,plays a station master (in a station where trains do not stop anymore ).He is proud of his son who's just passed his engineer degree (in London at that)and he tells it to all the world.But the young man does things with a posh English family (beware of marmelade!English put sleeping pills in it to take you to the church where you get married before you have time to catch your breath!)

Fernandel's dream has always been ,when his son has got his diploma,to make a trip to Biarritz and to stay in a chic hotel where his friend,the restaurant owner(Arletty) spent some time when she was young.THere is just a problem:now that the boy is educated ,he is ashamed of his parents and does not know where he stands anymore.

Almost a surrealistic title,"Le Voyage A Biarritz" will appeal to Fernandel's numerous fans.

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15 March 1963 (France) See more »

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De reis naar Biarritz See more »

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