Nearly a decade after their appearance together in Georges Lacombe's
Leur dernière nuit
(1953), Jean Gabin
and Madeleine Robinson are reunited in this gentle comic farce from Gilles Grangier,
the man who directed Gabin most often (twelve films in total).
It was around this time that Gabin began returning to comedy
having spent spent most of the past three decades in
straight dramatic roles (he began his career in the music hall and
his first film roles were in light comedies). Grangier
was the ideal director to help with Gabin's comedy
rehabilitation, as he had already directed the actor in several films - notably
and Le Sang à la tête
and was also a more than capable comedy director.
Whilst there is not much in the way of plot,
Le Gentleman d'Epsom
is amply sustained by a reasonable supply
of good gags, the icing on the cake being a memorable appearance by
the comedy giant Louis de Funès, who was about to become
a huge star of French cinema.
Gabin and de Funès had previously
shared an almost legendary scene in Claude Autant-Lara's 1955
La Traversée de Paris
, and would subsequently
share top billing in Denys de La Patellière's 1968 film
, by which time de Funès'
popularity had well and truly overtaken Gabin's.
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Retired military officer Richard Briand-Charmery, known to all as “The Commandant”, gambles
every centime he has on horse racing bets...
Directed by Gilles Grangier
Starring: Jean Gabin
, Madeleine Robinson, Franck Villard, Jean Lefebvre, Jacques Marin, Jean Martinelli, Joëlle Bernard, Aline Bertrand, Léonce Corne, Marie-Hélène Dasté