Le Père Tranquille (1946)

Genres - Comedy Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Resistance Film, War Drama  |   Release Date - Apr 30, 1946 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Droll French comedian Noel-Noel essays the title role in Le Pere Tranquille (The Quiet Daddy). Contrary to expectations, the star isn't a secret father, but in fact the unknown head of a WW2 resistance movement. By playing the fool whenever the Nazis are around and about, Noel-Noel is able to conceal his double life and successfully carry out his various sabotage missions. This deft combination of comedy and melodrama builds to a particularly suspenseful climax. Le Pere Tranquille was directed by Rene Clement, who also helmed the classic "underground" film Battle of the Rails.

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war, chief, France, government, hidden, Nazism, occupation [military], patriotism, politician, radio, resistance, underground [counterculture]