Le Petit Cafe (1930)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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La Petite Café is the French-language version of Playboy of Paris, with Maurice Chevalier essaying the same role in both. The star is cast as Albert Loriflan, an insouciant young waiter who is fired by his dyspeptic boss Philibert (Emile Chautard) But when Albert inherits a huge fortune, his former employer not only hires him back, but tries to engineer a marriage between Albert and Yvonne (Yvonne Vallee) Philibert's daughter. But Albert remains an incorrigible flirt, dallying with the coquettish wife of a snobbish nobleman. Challenging our hero to a duel, the nobleman is dissuaded when Yvonne pops up and reveals that Albert is merely a waiter and thus unworthy of being killed like a gentleman. But Albert is an honorable man and insists that the duel proceed, whereupon Yvonne exercises her womanly prerogative of fainting at just the appropriate time. Realizing that he's in love after all, Albert forgets all about the duel and proposes marriage. Based on a play by Tristan Bernard, La Petite Café was regarded as a vast improvement on the English-language original.



boss [employer], duel, inheritance, love, marriage-arranged, waiter