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Princesse Tam-Tam (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 November 1935 (France)
A French novelist passes off a African shepherdess as a princess.


Edmond T. Gréville (as Edmond T. Greville)


Pepito Abatino (scenario), Yves Mirande (dialogue)




Complete credited cast:
Josephine Baker ... Alwina
Albert Préjean ... Max de Mirecourt (as Albert Prejean)
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Coton
Germaine Aussey ... Lucie de Mirecourt
Georges Péclet Georges Péclet ... Dar (as Georges Peclet)
Viviane Romance ... Lucie's Friend
Jean Galland ... Maharajah of Datane


Max de Mirecourt, celebrated French novelist, takes a vacation from his social-butterfly wife in Tunisia, where he meets beautiful Alwina, a barefoot hill shepherdess. To cure his writer's block, Max casts Alwina as heroine in a real-life 'Pygmalion' story. She reacts to civilized ways and emotions with charming simplicity. Now Max, stung by reports of his wife's affair with a dark-skinned maharajah, has the idea of launching Alwina in Paris society as a princess. Will civilization spoil her wild charms? Who will pair off with whom? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Drama


Not Rated

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Parts of the film were shot on location in Tunisia, including several street scenes of Tunis during the 1930s and the Roman ruins of Dougga. See more »


Lucie de Mirecourt: You have no talent whatever! I hate being the wife of a failure!
Max de Mirecourt: My talent's gone because of the life you make me lead.
Lucie de Mirecourt: It's my fault?
Max de Mirecourt: That bunch of imbeciles with whom you associate will turn me into a blithering idiot.
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Alternate Versions

In 1989, Kino International Corp. in association with The George Eastman House Film Archive, Rochester, New York, issued a video with English subtitles by Helen Eisenman. See more »


Edited into Moulin Rouge (1940) See more »


Sung by Josephine Baker
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Typical vehicle for the American Dancer Josephine Baker!!!
16 April 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

Until now the most weaker picture of Josephine Baker, apart this was made on mid thirties where they usually didn't make a lavish production, as show on it, something about a fairy tale, the plot is rubbish, serving as Baker's vehicle to explore an African dancing or criticize a usual shallow of the European society, decaying to my point of view, a bit humor all around. largely used it's time, wasn't a movie to remember too often, a dry production, lack of deepness of being thinking is quite absurd, poor attempt to make something unusual, perhaps to Josephine Baker's fans only!!!


First watch: 2019 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD / Rating: 6.25

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2 November 1935 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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