Johnny Frenchman

1945

Comedy / Drama / Romance / War

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IMDb Rating 6.6 10 89

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963.16 MB
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1 hr 44 min
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Reviewed by howardmorley 7 / 10

Vive la difference entre les Francais et les Anglais

I voted this film a very creditable 7/10 and was thoroughly entertained and amused by the good hearted and competing French vs English culture as it related to international fishing rights.The star of this film for me was Francoise Rosay who played a redoubtable Breton widow who has a son Yan, (played by that stalwart of British post war films which required a romantic French hero - Paul Dupuis).Francoise was born in 1891 and appeared in many French & English films and was perfectly cast as Lanec.She has some amusing battles with feisty Nat Pomeroy (Tom Walls) who is the local harbour master (and life boat volunteer) of a Cornish fishing town who has to keep an eye out for poaching French fishermen inside the English 3 mile fishing limit off the coast.

Nat, (a presumed widower), has an attractive daughter, Sue Pomeroy, played by the equally attractive Patricia Roc.Tom and Patricia had previously appeared together in "Love Story" (1944) with Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger which was also set in Cornwall.In the latter film Tom had an avuncular relationship with Patricia so these two actors very easily relaxed into their part of father and daughter in "Johnny Frenchman".Although Sue has been friends since childhood with Bob Tremayne (Ralph Michael) she is undecided whether she wants to marry him despite Bob's urging.

The action of "Johnny Frenchman" opens in March 1939 and leads up to June 1940.There is a scene in a Breton port where the French play host to "les Rosbifs" together with a wrestling match amongst the Cornish and Gallic fishermen where Yan breaks a bone whilst wrestling Bob, his love rival.Of course Sue has fallen for Yan and after a talk between Yan & Bob, (who has by now been called up into the navy), this is OK with Bob.All good natured stuff and I wondered whether Lanec and Nat would marry also as they seemed a perfect foil for each other.

Reviewed by writers_reign 6 / 10

A Rosay Between Two Thorns

If you can get past the accents, the sound and the simplistic, formulaic plot, this is a pleasant enough time capsule albeit one with an outstanding lead performance from Francoise Rosay that is so far superior to the others that it unbalances the film. All the Cornish villagers speak with markedly English accents none more so than love interest Patricia Roc who is as close to cut-glass as makes no difference. The sound is 'clean' even when the background is turbulent and has that slightly 'hollow' quality that betrays its studio origin and there has been no attempt to lay an FX track that would fool a three-year old. Tibby Clarke clearly phoned his screenplay in from a corner table in the Savoy Silver Grill but, hey, this was 1945 and that post-war hysteria would make anything acceptable. See it for Rosay.

Reviewed by JamesHitchcock 7 / 10

Early Ealing Comedy

"Johnny Frenchman" is an early Ealing Comedy, produced by Michael Balcon with a screenplay by T.E.B. Clarke. It is relatively little-known when compared to films like "Kind Hearts and Coronets" or "The Ladykillers", but does, however, share one characteristic with three other well-known Ealing films, "Whisky Galore", "Passport to Pimlico" and "The Titfield Thunderbolt". All four are set in a small, tightly-knit community, whether that be a Hebridean island, a working-class London neighbourhood, a rural English village or, as here, a small fishing port in Cornwall.

The story opens in March 1939. The fishermen of the port of Trevannick have a long-standing rivalry with their French counterparts from Brittany, the main cause of which is the French habit of fishing illegally in British territorial waters. Matters are not helped when, during a supposed goodwill visit by some of the Cornish men to Brittany, a French fisherman breaks a leg in a wrestling match. Another important plot strand deals with the love-triangle between Sue Pomeroy, daughter of the Cornish harbour-master, her long-term sweetheart Bob and Yann, a handsome young Breton fisherman. This situation does not improve feelings between the two communities, especially as Yann's mother Florrie, who owns her own boat, is one of the most flagrant breachers of the anti-poaching laws, laws which it falls to Sue's father Nat to enforce. ("Florrie", incidentally, does not seem a very French name. Possibly her true name is something else and "Florrie" a nickname bestowed by her English rivals).

The film was made in 1945, at the end of the war, and like most British films from this period is essentially propaganda. The latter part of the film takes place after the war has broken out, when the two communities realise that they must put aside their differences and make common cause against their mutual enemy, something which becomes all the more important after France is occupied by the Nazis in 1940. Not all wartime propaganda films, however, were deadly serious, and the tone here remains essentially comic.

Like "The Titfield Thunderbolt", but unlike some of the other Ealing comedies, "Johnny Frenchman" was largely shot on location. There is some striking black-and-white photography of the Cornish coastline, with Mevagissey standing in for the fictional Trevannick. There are some amusing contributions from Tom Walls as the blustering Nat and Françoise Rosay as the sharp-tongued Florrie. This is not a film in the same class as the likes of "Kind Hearts and Coronets" or "Passport to Pimlico"; it lacks the element of satire at the expense of the authorities, something for which the later peacetime Ealings were to become noted. Seventy years on, however, it holds up better than a lot of wartime propaganda movies. 7/10

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