Monsieur (1964 film)

Monsieur is a 1964 comedy film directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois and starring Jean Gabin, Liselotte Pulver and Mireille Darc.[1]

Mireille Darc and Jean Gabin
Directed byJean-Paul Le Chanois
Produced byRaymond Danon
Moris Ergas
Alexander Grüter
Written byClaude Gével (play)
Georges Darrier
Pascal Jardin
Claude Sautet
Anya Corwin-Böckmann
StarringJean Gabin
Liselotte Pulver
Mireille Darc
Music byGeorges Van Parys
CinematographyLouis Page
Edited byEmma Le Chanois
Les Films Copernic
Corona Filmproduktion
Zebra Film
Distributed byComacico (France)
Release date
22 April 1964
Running time
105 minutes
West Germany

It was made as a co-production between France, Italy and West Germany.

The film's sets were designed by Jean Mandaroux.


Overwhelmed by the death of his wife, a rich Parisian banker called René Duchêne is walking towards the River Seine to throw himself in when he is accosted by a prostitute. They recognise each other, because she used to be the chambermaid. When she learns that her former mistress is dead, she reveals that the wife he adored had made him a laughing stock by her multiple adulteries. He decides to let the world think he has committed suicide and to go into hiding.

Answering an advertisement for a couple to be butler and maid in a country house, he is hired under the name of Georges Baudin, with Suzanne posing as his daughter to be the maid. Their employers are Edmond Bernadac, a rich and staid businessman, and his flighty new Swiss wife Elisabeth, a former air hostess who is fond of alcohol and men.

Their new butler rapidly becomes indispensable at smoothing over the continual problems which beset the household, one being that the son of the house immediately wants to marry Suzanne and has therefore to win the permission of her supposed father. He meanwhile has to contend with problems at home, where his dead wife's parents have moved in and claim to be his heirs. In the end he has to come back to life in order to thwart them and to allow Suzanne to marry the boy she loves.



  1. Bock & Bergfelder p.378


  • Bock, Hans-Michael & Bergfelder, Tim. The Concise CineGraph. Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books, 2009.
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