Pardon My French (1951)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - France, USA  |  
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Filmed on location, the Franco-American co-production Pardon My French stars Merle Oberon and Paul Henreid. Oberon is cast against type as Elizabeth Rockwell, a staid Bostonian schoolmarm who insists that all "squatters" remove themselves from the French chateau she's just inherited. The head squatter Paul Rencourt, played by Henreid, turns on his patented charm in hopes of deflecting Rockwell from her eviction plans. It so happens that the widowed Rencourt is the father of five precocious children, who despite their appalling behavior eventually endear themselves to Rockwell. Director Bernard Vorhaus was blacklisted not long after Pardon My French was released; the reasons, of course, were political, and had nothing to do with the quality of the film.

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property, castle, child, composer, France, group, inheritance, loot, love, mansion, schoolteacher