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Friend of the Family (1964)

Patate (original title)
A French farce: Leon "Patsy" Rollo is a toy inventor who goes to his boyhood friend Noël Carradine, now a wealthy industrialist, to convince him to invest in his new invention. The meeting ... See full summary »

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Robert Thomas

Writers:

Marcel Achard (play), Robert Thomas
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Marais ... Noël Carradine
Danielle Darrieux ... Edith Rollo
Anne Vernon ... Véronique Carradine
Sylvie Vartan ... Alexa Rollo
Pierre Dux ... Leon Rollo dit Patate
Jane Marken ... Berthe
Noël Roquevert ... Monsieur Michalon
Hubert Deschamps ... Adrien
Jacques Jouanneau Jacques Jouanneau ... Marcel
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Le professeur Bichard
Mike Marshall Mike Marshall ... Jean-François de Baylac
Laurence Badie Laurence Badie ... Jeannette
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Michel - le barman
François Charet François Charet ... Bernard
Julie Dassin Julie Dassin ... Une collégienne
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A French farce: Leon "Patsy" Rollo is a toy inventor who goes to his boyhood friend Noël Carradine, now a wealthy industrialist, to convince him to invest in his new invention. The meeting goes badly when old childhood sore spots resurface, but Rollo's wife Dith manages to calm things down. Soon after, she finds some love letters to her teen-age daughter Alexa, and Patsy immediately suspects Noël as the unnamed lover. Seeing an opportunity to get what he wants from Noël by blackmailing him with the letters, Patsy eventually abandons his plan when his daughter finds a new boyfriend. Finally, their differences cleared, the two men go into business together. Written by Anonymous

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Based on "PATATE" Paris' wicked longest-running stage hit! See more »

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Comedy

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France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 October 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Friend of the Family See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

French visa # 28876. See more »

Soundtracks

Le diable au coeur
Lyrics by Jean Dréjac
Sung by Danielle Darrieux
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Leon and Noel
29 December 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

"Patate" is the kind of material which works best on stage.It would have been great as part of "Au Théâtre Ce Soir" series.Marcel Achard's play was hardly a comedy and ,although the film often verges on farce ,some of its lines are bitter indeed.Thanks to a good cast,the movie survives a non-existent directing.

The subject is not so dumb:we all know someone who has brilliantly succeeded and whose favorite pastime is to put other people down,to humiliate them..

Pierre Dux portrays Leon ,nicknamed "Patate" ,a less-than-handsome man whose toys business needs money.He's got a faithful wife (Danielle Darrieux) and a naughty daughter (Sylvie Vartan,the first yeah yeah girl of the era ,then Johnny Hallyday's fiancée;she's also Michael Vartan's aunt).He has to ask his friend(??) handsome Noel (Jean Marais)who has got on in life thanks to his charm and whose wife (Anne Vernon) is a millionaire.He's also Patate's daughter's secret lover.

Like this?try this....

"Le Dîner De Cons " Francis Veber 1998


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