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Baby Beats the Band (1951)

Nous irons à Monte Carlo (original title)
A cranky film star loses own child because of her levity.

Director:

Jean Boyer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Ventura ... Himself
Henri Génès ... Antoine Lacassagne
Georges Lannes ... Le détective / Radio boss
Philippe Lemaire ... Philippe, le chanteur de charme
Danielle Godet ... Jacqueline Chatenay-Maillard
John Van Dreelen ... Rudy Walter (as Van Dreelen)
Audrey Hepburn ... Melissa Farrell
Marcel Dalio ... Poulos - l'imprésario (as Dalio)
Suzanne Guémard Suzanne Guémard ... Mme Chatenay-Maillard
André Dalibert André Dalibert ... Brigadier
Alain Bouvette Alain Bouvette ... Un ami de Marinette
Michel André ... Le speaker
Gérard Buhr
Nicole Jonesco Nicole Jonesco ... Germaine Dubois
Jackie Sardou Jackie Sardou ... Mme Bindinelli (as Jackie Rollin)
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Storyline

As they are waiting for a divorce, young movie star Malissa Farrell and famous pianist Rudy Walter have left their baby, Johnny, with a child minder in Le Vésinet. Marinette, the latter's daughter, who has been assigned to return the young Dubois to his parents, mistakes Johnny for the other kid. As she can't find Mr. and Mrs. Dubois, Marinette entrusts Max, Mrs. Dubois' father and the drummer in Ray Ventura's orchestra, with the care of the baby. Max, who must join the other musicians in Monte Carlo, where the band is due to play for the Jazz Festival, has no other choice but to rake the little one along with him. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 January 1952 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Allos gia to Monte Carlo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hoche Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was primarily designed as a promotional vehicle for Ray Ventura's orchestra. See more »

Alternate Versions

Filming at the same time as the English-language version, Monte Carlo Baby (1951). Audrey Hepburn is one of the only cast members to appear in both versions. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of We Go to Monte Carlo (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

Tout mais pas ça
Music by Paul Misraki
Lyrics by André Hornez
Performed by Ray Ventura
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High class production in every way.
19 August 2009 | by elginbrod2000See all my reviews

The picture and sound quality of this French language addition is quite good. By the quality of the production and direction I would say this was considered a first rate film in its day. The songs are quite catchy and the performers are obviously happy to be preforming and are giving it their all. I could hardly detect a flaw in the final musical number where everyone is lip sinking to a record off stage while half the band members are out searching for the baby. If you enjoy listening to songs from other countries that are not necessarily in your native tongue, you will find a lot to enjoy in this picture. There are cute musical numbers throughout. At one point the whole band sings to the baby in an attempt to get him to eat. I must say that Audrey Hepburn's makeup and lighting have something to be desired here. She is still beautiful but not flawless. She does not have the benefit of the long close-ups, and slow, deliberate lines that she does in "Roman Holidy" and she is not sweet and vulnerable as she is in "Young Wives Tale". She appears in four or five short scenes and for the most part speaks English when she does appear. Although a smattering of French is thrown in. She does not get a chance to win our sympathy, but it is interesting to watch her in this early film. She speaks quickly, sharply and runs in and out of scenes with verve. You can get an excellent copy of this film from cdjapan.


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