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The Girl in the Bikini (1952)

Manina, la fille sans voiles (original title)
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When a 25-year old Parisian student, Gérard Morere, hears a lecture about a treasure Troilus lost at sea after the Peloponnesian War, he thinks he knows where it is, thanks to a discovery ... See full summary »

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Willy Rozier

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Willy Rozier
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Credited cast:
Brigitte Bardot ... Manina
Jean-François Calvé ... Gérard Morère
Howard Vernon ... Éric
Espanita Cortez Espanita Cortez ... La Franchucha
Raymond Cordy ... Francis - le barman
Paulette Andrieux ... (as Paulette Andrieu)
Henry Djanik Henry Djanik ... (as H. Djanik)
Jean Droze Jean Droze ... Un copain de Gérard (as Droze)
Nadine Tallier ... Mathilda (as N. Tallier)
Maurice Bénard Maurice Bénard ... (as Bénard)
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... M. Moulon / Purzel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irène Hilda Irène Hilda ... Franchucha's singing voice
Danielle Verne Danielle Verne ... La femme qui se bagarre
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When a 25-year old Parisian student, Gérard Morere, hears a lecture about a treasure Troilus lost at sea after the Peloponnesian War, he thinks he knows where it is, thanks to a discovery he made five years before when diving near the island of Levezzi. He gets friends and an innkeeper to invest in his dream, enough to get him to Tangiers where he convinces a cigarette smuggler, Erick, to take him to the island. There he finds Manina, the light-keeper's daughter, 18 and beautiful and pure. Erick thinks Gérard may have conned him, but Gérard's belief in the treasure compels patience. Dives by day and romance at night. Can Gérard's romantic ideas survive in the harsh rocks of Levezzi? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A Revealing Episode on a Lonely Island! See more »

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Adventure | Romance

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Though released in France in 1953 as Manina, la fille sans voiles, the film was not released in the United States until 1958 as Manina, the Girl in the Bikini and in the United Kingdom until 1959 as The Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter. In other countries it was released under other names. See more »

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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

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Music Hall Can Can
Written and Performed by Jean Yatove Et Son Grand Orchestre
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A Scuba-Diving Con-Man Romances A Bikini-Clad Cutie
17 September 2016 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Considering that this 1952 Rom-Com/Adventure tale was, indeed, titled - "Manina: The Girl in the Bikini" - I was certainly expecting the Manina character to be the most prominent factor in its plot-line.

But, oddly enough, about 80% of this picture's contrived story-line actually had nothing to do with her, at all.

Like, for instance - It took approximately 40 minutes of other stuff to take place in the story before the darling, young Manina was finally introduced into the action.

And, speaking about the 17-year-old Brigitte Bardot, as the title character - Yes. She sure was quite appealing to behold. - But, with that said - It was certainly hard for me to imagine that in 4 years time this young woman would, indeed, be catapulted into super-stardom by becoming one of cinema's most desirable sex-symbols of all (next only to Marilyn Monroe).

All-in-all - This Parisian production was, pretty much, a disappointing dud, from start to finish.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Spanish

Release Date:

24 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.37 : 1
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