When his wife Sylvia sets out to spend the weekend with her mother, sculptor Raymond Corbier
Just who was that man he saw sitting beside
her in her car?
The man in question was Sylvia's ex-lover
Francis, whose threat to kill himself lured Sylvia to pay him one last visit.
Convinced that his wife has left him, Raymond decides to commit suicide, but first
he sends a parting love letter to an old flame of his, Marguerite, the wife of his best
friend, Gaston Rival, a dentist.
On receiving the letter,
Marguerite races to Raymond's apartment and, convinced that he really did try to kill
himself, resolves to renew their erstwhile relationship...
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Although this film now feels very dated and just a tad ridiculous (almost the parody of
a French bedroom farce), it was hugely popular when it was first released in France, and
effectively secured André Hunebelle's career as a director of popular films.
Whilst there are some good jokes, much of the comedy is painfully unsophisticated
- note the obvious caricature of drunks and comedy suicides, and that excruciatingly over-the-top
cat-fight with the two lead female characters.
The film is
funniest in its first half; towards the end, the pace lags and the jokes get fewer and
Amongst a bevy of cameos from distinguished film
actors of the day, the spectator can hardly fail to notice one (at the time) unknown performer
who would - twenty years on - become the most popular comedy actor in France: Louis de
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- Director: André Hunebelle
- Script: Michel Audiard, Jean Halain
- Cinematographer: Paul Cotteret
- Music: Jean Marion
- Cast: Fernand Gravey (Raymond Corbier),
Sophie Desmarets (Sylvia Corbier), Simone Valère (Marguerite Rival),
Suzanne Dehelly (La mère de Sylvia), Pauline Carton (La concierge),
Max Dalban (Un déménageur), Paul Demange (Un déménageur), Pierre Destailles (Le portier), Anne-Marie Duverney (L'infirmière),
Claude Garbe (La jeune mère), Nicole Jonesco (La femme de chambre),
Andrée Tainsy (La femme de chambre), Alan Adair (Hartley, L'Anglais),
Charles Bouillaud (Le chef de réception à l'hôtel), Louis Bugette (Le clochard),
Paul Faivre (Le chauffeur de taxi), Louis de Funès (Le touriste skieur),
Jean-Paul Moulinot (Le docteur), Gaston Orbal (Un déménageur),
Paul Villé (Le concierge),
Jacques Dynam (Francis Germain), Alfred Adam (Dr. Gaston Rival),
Jack Ary (Un pensionnaire de l'hôtel),
Charles Bayard (Un joueur d'échecs),
Giani Esposito (Le barman de l'hôtel)
- Editor: Jean Feyte
- Costume designer: Pierre Balmain, Mireille Leydet
- Producer: André Hunebelle
- Production company: Pathé Consortium Cinéma
- Country: France
- Language: French
- Support: Black and White
- Runtime: 92 min
- Aka: My Wife Is Formidable