Tartarin de Tarascon (1934)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Marcel Pagnol was responsible for this film adaptation of Alphonse Daudet's novel Tartarin. The incomparable Raimu plays the title character, an irrepressible blabbermouth whose tall tales constantly get him into trouble, especially with the nobility. Charpin co-stars as Tartarin's best friend and severest critic, who fights a losing battle to curb his pal's verbal excesses. For the purposes of this film, Raimu adopted a Southern French dialect, which some of his fans found a bit slow and lugubrious. It hardly mattered in the U.S, where most prints of Tartarin de Tarascon were dubbed into English. The film was remade by director Francis Blanche in 1962.