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Nightclub Hostess (1939)

L'entraîneuse (original title)
The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she gets propositions from a rich widower who would like to have her as his girlfriend, ... See full summary »

Director:

Albert Valentin

Writers:

Charles Spaak (dialogue), Charles Spaak (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michèle Morgan ... Suzy
Gilbert Gil ... Pierre Noblet
Andrex ... Marcel
Gisèle Préville Gisèle Préville ... Lucienne Noblet
Arthur Devère Arthur Devère ... Raymond, le domestique
Georges Lannes ... Philippe de Lormel
Catherine Fonteney Catherine Fonteney ... Madame de Saint-Leu
Jeanne Lion Jeanne Lion ... Tante Louise
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... L'inspecteur Barnave
René Génin René Génin ... Le vieux professeur
François Périer ... Jean
Jimmy Gaillard ... André
Monique Joyce Monique Joyce ... Florence
Robert Seller Robert Seller ... Loiseau
Solange Dartois Solange Dartois ... Fanny
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The young Suzy is a nightclub hostess in a cabaret in which Frehel is the star. Because one night she gets propositions from a rich widower who would like to have her as his girlfriend, Suzy wishes to leave this place, where she has no future, for a better one. Abandoned by her protector, a young hoodlum named Robert, she gets the occasion to get away from it. She decides to go on vacation on the Riviera and stay at the Chateau des Cedres, the former residence of a noble family that has been transformed into a bourgeois guest house by the baroness Saint-Leu. Shy and elegant, in her modest suit, Suzy stays there under the name of Suzanne Michelet and soon makes new friends among the young people of very wealthy families. Written by Cyril Aubaud (cyril_aubaud@yahoo.fr)

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Drama

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 June 1939 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dama de Copas See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Sans lendemain
(uncredited)
Music by Georges Van Parys
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Fréhel
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No tomorrow
26 May 2007 | by kinsayderSee all my reviews

Suzy is a Parisian cabaret hostess, a profession which at that time was only slightly higher up the social ladder than street girl. She's bored and disillusioned, and dreams of escape. And for one brief summer, she does. Like Cinderella in reverse, she's transported away from the bright lights into a gentle country house world of picnics, ping-pong, bicycle rides and beaches, where all the young men fall instantly in love with her, knowing nothing of her background and seeing only a sweet young innocent woman.

But if there's one thing we've learnt from the movies, it's that you can never escape your past. And just as the jaunty music of the opening credits is repeatedly beaten down by the fatalistic cabaret song "Sans lendemain" (No Tomorrow), so Suzy's summer idyll turns out to be short-lived.

The impossibility of escaping your destiny was, of course, a familiar theme of the Poetic Realism movement, to which this film belongs; but the date of production, the storm clouds rumbling over the Paris nightclub, and the fact that this film was shot in Berlin, give it a premonitory sensibility: a nation enjoying a dream of happiness, about to be given a nasty wake-up call.

As Suzy, Michèle Morgan (a brunette for this picture) is a delight: cynical and sad as the nightclub girl, charming and natural among the country house crowd. Charles Spaak's screenplay is melodramatic, but contains some sharp stabs at the hypocrisy of bourgeois society who, while despising girls like Suzy, have their uses for her just the same.


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