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The French, They Are a Funny Race (1955)

Les carnets du Major Thompson (original title)
Major Thompson, an Englishman living in France, comments in his memoirs on the peculiarities of his French wife and friends.

Director:

Preston Sturges

Writers:

Pierre Daninos (book), Preston Sturges
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Buchanan ... Le Major Marmaduke Thompson
Martine Carol ... Martine Thompson
Noël-Noël ... Monsieur Taupin
Totti Truman Taylor ... Miss Fyfyth
Katie Boyle ... Bit part (as Catherine Boyle)
André Luguet ... L'éditeur Fusillard
Geneviève Brunet Geneviève Brunet ... Ursula Thompson - la première femme du Major
Paulette Dubost ... Madame Taupin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Balpo Robert Balpo
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... La femme de chambre
Charles Bayard Charles Bayard
Marguerite Bour Marguerite Bour
François de Breteuil François de Breteuil ... Marc
Henri Coutet Henri Coutet
Lucien Frégis Lucien Frégis
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Major Thompson, an Englishman living in France, comments in his memoirs on the peculiarities of his French wife and friends.

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It Hilariously Crosses the Line...From the land of mutton chop and warm beer...to the land of iced champagne and "Aah, my dear!" See more »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

9 December 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The French, They Are a Funny Race See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The final film directed by Preston Sturges. See more »

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Not the disaster so many claim it to be.
16 October 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Preston Sturges' final film "The Diary of Major Thompson" or as it's also known, "The French, they are a funny race" may be the strangest, least likely film he ever made hence it's cult status. The critics hated it, it was a flop and proved to be the nail in Sturges' coffin but while it may not be a masterpiece like "The Lady Eve"or "Sullivan's Travels" or "The Palm Beach Story" it's not the disaster many claim it to be. It's consistently amusing and often laugh-out-loud funny and Jack Buchanan is perfect as Major Thompson, the punctilious Englishman living in Paris and married to none other than Martine Carol, (dire). We should be grateful, therefore, that Sturges at least gave Buchanan a part worthy of him. Now what we need is for this to get the DVD release it deserves.


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