Taxi, Roulotte et Corrida (1958)
A film directed by André Hunebelle

Genre: Comedy


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Maurice Berger is a hard working but crazy Parisian taxi driver. Today, he's finishing work for the summer holiday. His family is going to Spain with his sister-in-law and her family; they're going in the taxi and towing a caravan. The customs check at the border is pretty thorough, and the two men have some trouble smuggling in the tobacco they need while on holiday. Next to them in the customs hall is a beautiful blonde, who is smuggling a priceless stolen diamond into Spain. Realising that the customs people are suspicious of her, she slips the diamond into Maurice's jacket pocket. She has found out where the families are going, so she will find a way to get it back later. Having overtaken them on the road, she pretends to have broken down and asks Maurice for his help, as a ruse to go through his pockets and recover the diamond - but it's not there!  In fact, he was smuggling the tobacco in his jacket pockets, and has since emptied it all out into a large jar. The diamond is mixed in with it, unbeknown to everyone. The blonde is in league with some gangsters, so they find ways to lure Maurice into a club they run, and it seems everyone wants to dance near him and feel his pockets. Still failing to get their booty, it's obvious that they will stop at nothing to get what they want from the innocent Maurice... Dimitri (Greece)
© 2012

Film Review

Taxi, Roulotte et Corrida is a French film comedy first released in 1958, directed by André Hunebelle. The film stars Louis de Funès, Raymond Bussières, Annette Poivre, Guy Bertil and Véra Valmont.  

Our overall rating for Taxi, Roulotte et Corrida is: good - passable entertainment.

Other noteworthy films that have been directed by André Hunebelle include: Cadet-Rousselle (1954), Le Capitan (1960), Le Miracle des loups (1961) and Les Mystères de Paris (1962). The actor Louis de Funès has also appeared in: La Vie d'un honnête homme (1953), Comme un cheveu sur la soupe (1957), La Grande vadrouille (1966) and L'Aile ou la cuisse (1976).

Other comedy films of the 1950s from France that you may be interested in are: Julien Duvivier's La Fête à Henriette (1952), Marc Allégret's Julietta (1953), Jacques Tati's Mon oncle (1958), Jacques Tati's Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) and Marcel Achard's La Valse de Paris (1950).

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Film Credits

  • Director: André Hunebelle
  • Script: Jean Aurel, Jean Halain, André Hunebelle
  • Photo: Paul Cotteret
  • Music: Jean Marion
  • Cast: Louis de Funès (Maurice Berger), Raymond Bussières (Léon), Annette Poivre (Mathilde), Guy Bertil (Jacques Berger), Véra Valmont (Myriam), Jacques Dynam (Pedro), Paulette Dubost (Germaine Berger), Albert Pilette (Gonzalès), Sophie Sel (Nicole), Max Révol (M. Fred), Jacques Bertrand (Carlos), Louis Bugette (Casimir), Roger Desmare (Le barman), Jacques Dufilho (Le client du taxi), Mario Pilar (Manuel), Valérie Vivin (Mme Casimir), Maurice Gardett (Le speaker), Pipo (L'âne), Trio Cervantes de la Puerta del Sol (Themselves), Luce Fabiole (La préposée à la douane), Bernard Musson (Le vendeur de valises), Marc Eyraud
  • Country: France
  • Language: French / Spanish
  • Support: Black and White
  • Runtime: 86 min

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