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The Law Is the Law (1958)

La legge è legge (original title)
Assola is an imaginary village on the border between Italy and France and the borderline crosses the village itself. The French customs agent Ferdinand is always trying to catch the Italian... See full summary »

Director:

Christian-Jaque

Writers:

Jacques Emmanuel (screenplay) (as J. Emmanuel), Jean-Charles Tacchella (screenplay) (as J. C. Tacchella) | 7 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Totò ... Giuseppe La Paglia
Fernandel ... Ferdinand Pastorelli
Nino Besozzi Nino Besozzi ... Le maréchal des carabiniers / Il Maresciallo
Noël Roquevert ... Le gendarme Malandain
Leda Gloria Leda Gloria ... Antonietta La Paglia
Nathalie Nerval Nathalie Nerval ... Hélène Pastorelli
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Mario
Albert Dinan Albert Dinan ... Le brigadier-chef des douanes
Anna Maria Luciani Anna Maria Luciani ... Marisa La Paglia
Henri Crémieux ... Bourride
Renato Terra Renato Terra
René Génin René Génin ... Gaspard Donadieu
Gustavo De Nardo ... Luigi
Franco Di Trocchio Franco Di Trocchio
Aldo Pini Aldo Pini
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Storyline

Assola is an imaginary village on the border between Italy and France and the borderline crosses the village itself. The French customs agent Ferdinand is always trying to catch the Italian smuggler Giuseppe. Giuseppe discovers that Ferdinand was actually born in Italy and therefore he can't be a French customs agent. Written by Piergiorgio Romani <p.romani@flashnet.it>

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Taglines:

France's Most Famous Funny Man! Italy's Greatest Clown! Europe's Two Top Clowns!

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

17 September 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Law Is the Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Venafro, Isernia, Molise, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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excellent
19 February 1999 | by Denis MSee all my reviews

Fernandel gives a memorably hilarious performance as a policemen in a French/Italian border town. The border line happens to go right through the middle of the house, where the protagonist was born. The complications arise, when he suddenly finds out that he was actually born on the Italian side and, therefore, is legally Italian. If you like French comedies and Fernandel, this one is a must.


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