The Cow and I (film)

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La Vache et le Prisonnier
Directed by Henri Verneuil
Based on Une histoire vraie
by Jacques Antoine
Starring Fernandel
Release date
  • 16 December 1959 (1959-12-16) (France)
Running time
118 minutes
Country France
Language French

La Vache et le Prisonnier (English version: "The Cow and I") is a French-Italian tragicomedy film from 1959 starring Fernandel and directed by Henri Verneuil. The story was based on Jacques Antoine's novel, Une histoire vraie. It is considered to be a classic and one of Fernandel's most iconic and popular films.[citation needed] It was Fernandel's highest grossing film ever in 1959.[citation needed]

The film was shot in black and white. In 1990 a colorized version was released.


In 1943 Charles Bailly (Fernandel), a French prisoner of war, decides to escape from the farm in Germany where he works and return to France. He travels through the country, accompanied by his cow, Marguerite. On the way they encounter many people, some sympathetic and some not. The key scene involves Fernandel's character encountering a troop of soldiers on a narrow bridge. The cow won't turn round to allow them to pass easily and they are forced into single file. Fernandel and the cow pass as if inspecting the troops.[1]



  1. ^ "La Vache et le prisonnier". Utube. 

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