La Famille Duraton (1939)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Domestic Comedy, Satire  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Jules Berry stars as a radio writer in search of a concept for a new program. Happening to drop into the home of Noel-Noel and his large brood, Berry determines that the dinner-table gossip of Noel-Noel's family would provide enough material for an entire years' worth of radio shows. Our hero sneaks a microphone into the household, and the result is the entirely ad-libbed weekly series The Duraton Family at Dinner. Trouble brews when Noel-Noel's friends and neighbors don't take kindly to having their dirty laundry aired in public. With a few emendations, La Famille Duraton was reworked in 1943 as the Hollywood comedy True to Life.