On purge bébé

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On purge bébé
Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by Pierre Braunberger
Written by Georges Feydeau
Starring Marguerite Pierry
Jacques Louvigny
Music by Paul Misraki
Cinematography Theodor Sparkuhl
Edited by Jean Mamy
Distributed by Les Etablissement Braunberger-Richebé
Release dates
June 21, 1931
Running time
52 minutes
Country France
Language French

On purge bébé (Baby's Laxative) is Jean Renoir's first sound film. It is a 1931 comedy about a supposedly unbreakable chamberpot and a constipated baby. It is noted for mocking the French bourgeoisie.

Renoir made the film in a record three weeks (from script to finished film) in order to get backing for other projects. His next film was La Chienne.

On June 14, 2016, American video-distribution company The Criterion Collection released On purge bébé, newly restored through a 4K digital transfer, as a bonus feature for the release of La Chienne on Blu-ray and DVD.


  1. Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell, Film History: An Introduction.
  2. On purge bébé

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