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Fric-Frac (1939)

Original Title : Fric-Frac
Director : Maurice Lehman
Claude Autant-Lara
Writer : √Čdouard Bourdet
Michel Duran
Genre : Comedy
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Country : France
Language : French
Music : Casimir Oberfeld
Photography : Louis N√©e
Armand Thirard
IMDB ID : 0031345
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poster for "Fric-Frac" by Maurice Lehman | Claude Autant-Lara (1939)
Fric-Frac (1939) - Maurice Lehman | Claude Autant-Lara
 

Starring

¬Fernandel Marcel
¬Arletty Loulou
¬Michel Simon Jo
¬H√©l√®ne Robert Ren√©e
¬Andrex Petit-Louis
¬Ren√© G√©nin Blain (as Genin
¬G√©nia Vaury La grande marie
¬Jacques Varennes Tintin
¬Marcel Vall√©e M. Blin rest of cast listed alphabetically
¬Henri Charrett (uncredited
¬Clairjane (uncredited
¬Claire Darcas (uncredited
¬Manuel Gary (uncredited
¬Georges Lannes Fernand (uncredited
¬Raymond Marcel (uncredited
¬Huguette Meunier (uncredited
¬Fr√©d√©ric Moussti (uncredited
¬Fran√ois Simon (uncredited
¬Stuber (uncredited
¬Titys (uncredited
 

Plot

Marcel works as assistant to a jeweller whose bossy daughter Renée keeps hitting on him. When he meets lovely Loulou and her lazy friend Jo, he is fascinated by the girl and somehow attracted by their world : Loulou and Jo are crooks. As Marcel naively tries to bring some morality in their lives, the pair turn him into an unwilling accomplice in the robbery of his boss's jewels.
 

Comments

Silly plot,wonderful actors. This is Lehman's only claim to fame,although he was helped by Claude Autant-Lara who was to become one of the most important directors of the years to come("Douce","le diable au corps").It's not much of a plot (a fric frac=break-in),but the fabulous threesome make it a winner.Michel Simon plays a gentle thug,so lazy his nickname is "Jo with the arms cut".Arletty is Loulou ,a whore who teaches slang to the respectable Marcel ,a clerk in a jeweller's shop ,object of his two "friends' " desire.A lot of fun is guaranteed for all!