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Service de nuit (1944)

A devoted switchboard operator is the village guardian angel.

Directors:

Jean Faurez, Belisario L. Randone (uncredited)

Writers:

Belisario L. Randone (screenplay) (as B. L Randone), Guglielmo Usellini (screenplay) (as G. Ussellini) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaby Morlay ... Suzanne
Jacques Dumesnil ... Pierre Jansen
Vivi Gioi ... Hélène Jansen
Jacqueline Pagnol ... Marcelle (as Jacqueline Bouvier)
Yves Deniaud Yves Deniaud ... Victor
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... Maria
Marcelle Hainia Marcelle Hainia ... Madame Sandoz
Jean Daurand Jean Daurand ... René Favier
Albert Duvaleix Albert Duvaleix ... Le brigadier (as Jean Duvaleix)
Georges Pally Georges Pally ... Monsieur Sandoz (as Pally)
Robert Dhéry ... Arthur, le chanteur (as Robert Dhery)
Paul Frankeur ... Un réparateur de ligne
Albert Montigny Albert Montigny ... (as Montigny)
Henri Charrett Henri Charrett ... Le chef de gare (as Charrett)
Raymone Raymone ... Joséphine, la bonne des Sandoz
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Storyline

On a stormy night ,in a village from Savoie. Suzanne is a switchboard operator :she is beaming,full of Joie De Vivre,ready to lend a helping hand to anyone ,from a cat to an escaped prisoner.She can settle all the problems of the daily life.An accident , a difficult childbirth:in the morning ,everything is OK, thanks to Suzanne's devotion. Written by dbdumonteil

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 April 1944 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Fräulein vom Amt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Francinex See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Optiphone (Licence Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Sous Le Ciel De Savoie...
15 February 2009 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Gaby Morlay had just made the biggest blockbuster of the occupation days (the tear-jerker called "Le Voile Bleu" which made thousands of Frenchies cry a river)This part of a sob sister made Morlay self-conscious and almost inscrutable and uncommunicative.In direct contrast with this,we have this marvelous part of a switchboard operator :Morlay is beaming,full of joie de vivre,ready to lend a helping hand to anyone ,from a cat (at the beginning,and even the cat's case is solved in the end)to an escaped prisoner.However ,only her and Gabrielle Fontan (the grumpy servant, a role she would play again in Duvivier's "Voici Le Temps Des Assassins " really live on the screen,all the others characters -although portrayed by seasoned actors:Jacques Dumesnil,Carette,Louis Seignier;there's even Simone Signoret in a small part of a dancer - are rather flat.

There is not a plot,but many subplots which finally become an almost seamless whole with gusto .In its own special way ,it's Duvivier's "Sous Le Ciel De Paris" in miniature in a village in the mountains.Duvivier's work is highly superior,but Faurez's one is to be recommended.


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