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Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)

Approved | | Drama, War | 20 March 1946 (Mexico)
In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Guy de Maupassant (short stories "Mademoiselle Fifi" and "Boule de Suif"), Josef Mischel (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Simon ... Elisabeth Rousset
John Emery ... Jean Cornudet
Kurt Kreuger ... Lt. von Eyrick - Called 'Fifi'
Alan Napier ... The Count de Breville
Helen Freeman Helen Freeman ... The Countess de Breville
Jason Robards Sr. ... A Wholesaler in Wines (as Jason Robards)
Norma Varden ... The Wholesaler's Wife
Romaine Callender ... A Manufacturer
Fay Helm ... The Manufacturer's Wife
Edmund Glover ... A Young Priest
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... The Curé of Cleresville
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Storyline

In occupied France during the Franco-Prussian War, a young French laundress shares a coach ride with several of her condescending social superiors. But when a Prussian officer holds the coach over, social standings are leveled and integrity and spirit are put to the test. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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She faced a question as old as Eve!

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

20 March 1946 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Guy de Maupassant's Mademoiselle Fifi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Val Lewton wanted to break out of "B" films and horror pictures and thus talked RKO into doing a period film based on two short stories by French author Guy de Maupassant - "Mademoiselle Fifi" (1882) and "Boule de Suif" (1880). However, this film became Lewton's biggest box office flop to date. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
The Curé of Cleresville: I tell you again, Lt. von Eyrick, I will not ring the bell.
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Connections

Spoofed in It's a Great Feeling (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Drinking Song
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by in German by the Prussian soldiers
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Mam'selle is too demure.
28 March 2004 | by Prof_LostiswitzSee all my reviews

There is a good film waiting to be made out of de Maupassant's story, but this isn't it. (Stagecoach isn't either). We can understand it isn't Lewton and Wise's fault, it's just that the censorship wouldn't allow it to be done properly then.

Thus, the central character gets turned into a laundress, and the climax comes when she... HAS DINNER with the sadistic Prussian officer!! (in the story, she was shunned by her fellow passengers for being a hooker, then she saves the day by going to bed with him)).

Modern directors like Agnieszka Holland or M.L. Bemberg could make a really great movie out of this, but 1940's America was just not the place.


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