The Little Cafe (1931 film)
|The Little Cafe|
|Directed by||Ludwig Berger|
|Produced by||Ludwig Berger|
|Written by||Tristan Bernard (play)
|Music by||Newell Chase|
|Cinematography||Henry W. Gerrard|
|Edited by||Merrill G. White|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|May 8, 1931 (French premiere)|
The Little Cafe (French:Le petit café) is a 1931 French-language American Pre-Code musical film directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Maurice Chevalier, Yvonne Vallée and Tania Fédor. The film is a foreign-language version of the 1930 film Playboy of Paris, which was based on the play The Little Cafe by Tristan Bernard. Multiple-language versions were common in the years following the introduction of sound film, before the practice of dubbing became widespread.
The film received a better reception from critics than the English-language version had.
Albert Loriflan, a waiter in a Paris cafe, unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money from a wealthy relative. His unscrupulous boss, Philibert, refuses to release him from his long-term contract in the hope that Albert will buy him off with a large payment. But Albert refuses, and continues to work at the cafe even though he is now very rich. Before long he falls in love with Philibert's daughter Yvonne.
- Maurice Chevalier as Albert Lorifian
- Yvonne Vallée as Yvonne Philibert
- Tania Fédor as Mademoiselle Berengère
- André Berley as Pierre Bourdin
- Emile Chautard as Philibert
- Françoise Rosay as Mademoiselle Edwige
- George Davis as Paul Michel
- Jacques Jou-Jerville as M. Cadeaux
- André Baugé
- Sonia Sebor
- Bradley p.119
- Bradley, Edwin M. The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography Of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932. McFarland, 2004.
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