La Table Aux Creves (1951)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The English-language title of La Table Aux-Creves is The Hunting Ground. Fernandel goes the "Raimu" route as a farmer whose wife unexpectedly commits suicide. The grieving husband tries to fathom the reasons for his wife's rash act, while the local townsfolk come up with a few bizarre theories of their own. Despite the grimness of the situation, Fernandel manages to find time for the comic "mugging" that brought him international fame. La Table Aux-Creves was adapted by its director Henri Verneuil from a novel by Marcel Ayme. The film was the first of several successful collaborations between star Fernandel and director Henri Verneuil.