Gargousse (1938)

The bossy mayor of a small village wants to rule his citizens with an iron hand.

Director:

Henry Wulschleger

Writers:

Bach, Jean-Pierre Feydeau (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bach ... Gargousse - le braconnier-rebouteux
Saturnin Fabre ... Joseph Lebrennois - le maire
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... Anaïs Lebrennois
Sinoël Sinoël ... Le facteur
Max Fontal Max Fontal ... Allain
Georges Montel Georges Montel ... Le garde-champêtre (as Montel)
Louis Lorsy Louis Lorsy ... Rousseau (as Lorsay)
Paul Ollivier Paul Ollivier ... Le docteur Larmoyer (as Paul Olivier)
Marie-Therese Fleury Marie-Therese Fleury ... Antoinette (as Marie Thérèse Fleury)
Henri Peiffert Henri Peiffert ... L'Abricot (as Le petit Henry Peiffert)
Milly Mathis Milly Mathis ... La buraliste
Suzanne Dehelly Suzanne Dehelly ... Zozo
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The bossy mayor of a small village wants to rule his citizens with an iron hand;there is not exactly general agreement about him.His worst enemy is Gargousse the station master ,who is also occasionally a poacher and a bone-setter/healer ,much to the local doctor's disgruntlement -unfair competition-;besides the mayor's sister ,a forty-something spinster sincerely believes the quack is in love with her;and to crown it all,Gargousse's daughter-in-law falls in love with the mayor's nephew,the village schoolteacher. Written by dbdumonteil

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Comedy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 July 1938 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Les vacances joyeuses See more »

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Mono
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Trouble in a one-horse town.
10 November 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The bossy mayor of a small village wants to rule his citizens with an iron hand;there is not exactly general agreement about him.His worst enemy is Gargousse the station master ,who is also occasionally a poacher and a bone-setter/healer ,much to the local thespian's disgruntlement -unfair competition-;besides the mayor's sister ,a forty-something spinster sincerely believes the quack is in love with her;and to crown it all,Gargousse's daughter-in-law falls in love with the mayor's nephew,the village schoolteacher.

This is a pale imitation of Marcel Pagnol's style ,with actors who look the part :Saturnin Fabre as the mischievous "outlaw" ,Jeanne Fusier- Gir in her umpteenth part of an old maid ;but there is a certain passé charm in the depiction of the small community with their gossips,their rural policeman and their steam-powered local train.Note the naive latent racism we find in almost all the French comedies of yore:of course ,the black man,mistaken for a tourist,speaks pidgin French;and the way screenwriters focus excessively on Paris :it takes a bunch of revelers from the capital to enliven the one-horse place .

Director Henry Wulschleger had his own theater company,most of them (Bach,Fabre,Milly Mathis,Paul Olivier ..)were featured here.


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