La Crise Est Finie (1934)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Comedy  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Released abroad as The Slump is Over, this backstage comedy pokes gentle fun at the Depression-era French bourgeoisie. Director Robert Siodmak concentrates on the trials and tribulations of a young and impoverished theatrical troupe. Recently fired by their temperamental leading lady, the actors defiantly draw up plans to put on a show themselves. To raise the necessary funds and obtain props, costumes, electrical supplies and the like, the girls in the troupe adopt the tactics of Warner Bros. golddiggers, targeting a number of middle-class businessmen and shopkeepers as their pigeons. As a result, the film's "Big show" finale isn't nearly as entertaining as the various methods adopted to get that show on stage. Critics in 1935 were much taken by star Danielle Darrieux, predicting that she might have a future in Hollywood if she'd learn to speak English (She did, and the result was the delightful 1938 Universal comedy The Rage of Paris).

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behind-the-scenes, finances, poverty, show-business, theater-troupe, unemployment