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Papa, Mama, the Maid and I (1954)

Papa, maman, la bonne et moi... (original title)
For many years the morning in a house on a hill - somewhere on the outskirts of Paris - always began in the same way. The alarm clock rang out, the radio was nodding, the servant in the ... See full summary »

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Marcel Aymé (screenplay), Pierre Véry (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lamoureux ... Robert Langlois
Fernand Ledoux ... Fernand Langlois
Gaby Morlay ... Gabrielle Langlois
Nicole Courcel ... Catherine Liseray
Louis de Funès ... Monsieur Calomel
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... Marie-Louise, la première bonne
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... Madeleine Sautaupain, l'amie de maman
Gaston Modot ... Le mendiant musicien
Robert Rollis Robert Rollis ... Léon "Alibi"
Sophie Sel Sophie Sel ... Une élève
Dominique Davray ... La bouchère
Françoise Hornez Françoise Hornez ... Nicole
Judith Magre ... Germaine, la secrétaire
Alix Mahieux Alix Mahieux ... La petite Sylvie
Sophie Mallet Sophie Mallet ... Une bonne
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For many years the morning in a house on a hill - somewhere on the outskirts of Paris - always began in the same way. The alarm clock rang out, the radio was nodding, the servant in the kitchen was laying out a solitaire, the pope was remembering the wisdom of Demosthenes, my mother was preparing breakfast. The protagonist, Robert's son, grew up, grew older, grew taller than his father, and even became an attorney for a well-known lawyer. True, in one ordinary winter day in the life of Robert there have been great changes. The young rake unexpectedly lost his job and met the charming girl Catherine - the adoptive mother of a lovely child. And much began to change in the apartment of a friendly family of Robert. Intelligent Mom and Dad could not immediately agree with the unusual choice of his son - to marry a "woman with a child." And only the true spiritual sensitivity, inherent in the characters, will help them understand each other. And even the amusing neighbor around the house, ...

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 November 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Tanguy 50 years ago..
14 January 2004 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Etienne Chatiliez's idea -a big boy nearing thirty still living with his folks - for his "Tanguy" was not that much new,by a long shot.Jean -Paul Le Chanois's hero did the same in 1954;take law instead of Chinese and you've got a "new" screenplay.

THat said,"Papa ,Maman,la bonne et moi" is a rather clumsy comedy ,Gaby Morlay playing -as an amateur- Marguerite Gautier at fifty-something does not exactly equal Garbo.It' s not very funny all in all,and there are not many surprises for the audience.

Le Chanois,one of the betes noires of la nouvelle vague,was a former critic in "les cahiers du cinema" though,this magazine in which Truffaut and co cut their teeth in the fifties.

This is now some kind of document of a time when petits bourgeois like Lamoureux's family used to live in the same apartment building than the proles.(with one significant difference:the rich used to live on the lower stories ,the less-than-wealthy in the rooms with slopping ceilings up where they belong ,so to speak.)


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