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Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)

Drôle de drame (original title)
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In Victorian London, a Crime Novelist and his Wife fake their disappearance in order to hide from an uptight Anglican Bishop who is leading a campaign against the "evils" of crime fiction.

Director:

Marcel Carné

Writers:

J. Storer Clouston (novel) (as Storer Clouston), Marcel Carné | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jouvet ... Archibald Soper
Françoise Rosay ... Margaret Molyneux
Michel Simon ... Irwin Molyneux
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Billy
Jean-Louis Barrault ... William Kramps dit Le tueur de bouchers
Nadine Vogel Nadine Vogel ... Eva
Pierre Alcover ... L'inspecteur-chef Bray (as Alcover)
Henri Guisol ... Buffington
Agnès Capri Agnès Capri ... La chanteuse des rues
René Génin René Génin ... Le balayeur (as Génin)
Ky Duyen Ky Duyen ... L'hôtelier chinois de Soho
Marcel Duhamel Marcel Duhamel ... Le fêtard amoureux des enterrements
Jane Loury Jane Loury ... Mrs. McPhearson (as Jeanne Lory)
Madeleine Suffel Madeleine Suffel ... Victory
Jenny Burnay Jenny Burnay ... Madame Pencil
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In Victorian London, the botanist Irwin Molyneux and his wife Margaret Molyneux are bankrupted but still keeping the appearance due to the successful crime novels written by Irwin under the pseudonym of Felix Chapel. Their cook has just left the family, when Irwin's snoopy and hypocrite cousin Archibald Soper that is in campaign against the police stories of Felix Chapel invites himself to have dinner in Irwin's house. Margaret decides to keep the farce of their social position secretly cooking the dinner, while the clumsy Irwin justifies her absence telling the bishop Soper that she had just traveled to the country to meet some friends. However Soper suspects of Irwin and calls the Scotland Yard, assuming that his cousin had poisoned his wife. Irwin and Margaret decide to hide the truth to avoid an exposition of their financial situation, moving to a low-budget hotel in the Chinese neighborhood, getting into trouble. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A sly French farce burlesquing the British

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The Bishop: Moi j'ai dit bizarre, bizarre ? Comme c'est étrange... Pourquoi aurais-je dit bizarre, bizarre ?
Molyneux (Michel Simon): Je vous assure, cher cousin, que vous avez dit bizarre, bizarre.
The Bishop: Moi j'ai dit bizarre ? Comme c'est bizarre...
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Music by Maurice Jaubert
Lyrics by Jacques Prévert
Performed by Agnès Capri
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A Hilarious Comedy of Farce and Mistakes
9 December 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Victorian London, the botanist Irwin Molyneux (Michel Simon) and his wife Margaret Molyneux (Françoise Rosay) are bankrupted but still keeping the appearance due to the successful crime novels written by Irwin under the pseudonym of Felix Chapel. Their cook has just left the family, when Irwin's snoopy and hypocrite cousin Archibald Soper (Louis Jouvet) that is in campaign against the police stories of Felix Chapel invites himself to have dinner in Irwin's house. Margaret decides to keep the farce of their social position secretly cooking the dinner, while the clumsy Irwin justifies her absence telling the bishop Soper that she had just traveled to the country to meet some friends. However Soper suspects of Irwin and calls the Scotland Yard, assuming that his cousin had poisoned his wife. Irwin and Margaret decide to hide the truth to avoid an exposition of their financial situation, moving to a low-budget hotel in the Chinese neighborhood, getting into trouble.

"Drôle de Drame ou L'Étrange Aventure de Docteur Molyneux" is a hilarious theatrical comedy of farce and mistakes. Most of the characters are hypocrite, greedy, lazy or simply incompetent and the situations they get involved are silly, naive but very funny. In spite of having irrelevant flaws in the plot, this film is a great entertainment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Família Exótica" ("Exotic Family")


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drole de Drame See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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