Cheri Bibi (1954)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Originally a character in a Gaston Leroux novel, Cheri-Bibi was transformed into a popular French comic-strip character in the 1930s. The character was also featured in two films, the second of which was in 1955. Jean Richard plays the title character, a born loser who undergoes plastic surgery in order to resemble his rival for the hand of Lea Padovini. Once he emerges from the bandages, Cheri-Bibi is plunged into a series of melodramatic misadventures. Though never "camp" in its tone, Cheri-Bibi is engagingly tongue-in-cheek, having fun with its source material rather than poking fun at it.

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con/scam, impersonation, loser, love, marriage, mistaken-identity, plastic-surgery, rival, romance, seduction