Fric-Frac (1939)

Original Title : Fric-Frac
Director : Maurice Lehman
Claude Autant-Lara
Writer : Édouard Bourdet
Michel Duran
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Music : Casimir Oberfeld
Photography : Louis Née
Armand Thirard
IMDB ID : 0031345
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Fric-Frac (1939) - Maurice Lehman | Claude Autant-Lara


Fernandel Marcel
Arletty Loulou
Michel Simon Jo
Hélène Robert Renée
Andrex Petit-Louis
René Génin Blain (as Genin
Génia Vaury La grande marie
Jacques Varennes Tintin
Marcel Vallée 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
Frédéric Moussti (uncredited
François Simon (uncredited
Stuber (uncredited
Titys (uncredited


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.


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!