Les Branquignols (1949)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Backstage Musical, Musical Comedy  |   Run Time - 75 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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The French Branquinol is a plotless, shapeless musicomedy revue in the tradition of "Hellzapoppin." The story, such as it is, concerns a theatrical troupe's efforts to stage a charity show. This plot peg is merely an excuse to present the "Branquinol" company at their most zany and uninhibited. The show has more of a satirical edge than one might expect, with certain theatrical cliches given the once-over in uproarious fashion (in this, the film resembles the Forbidden Broadway stage revues of the 1980s and 1990s). Much of the humor may seem merely quaint or strident to American viewers, with the exception of the antics of star comedian Christian Duvaleix.

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acting troupe, charity, fundraiser