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La joyeuse prison (1956)

95 min | Comedy

Benoit, the head guard of Clouville Prison, prefers to be liked than feared. This basic principle transforms the jail-house into a joyful prison, where all the inmates live amicably together. Among them, various colorful characters : a ...See moreBenoit, the head guard of Clouville Prison, prefers to be liked than feared. This basic principle transforms the jail-house into a joyful prison, where all the inmates live amicably together. Among them, various colorful characters : a farmer, a poacher, a distiller, a forger, two pickpockets, a safe-cracker, a gangster and... a good-looking guy who pleases Rosette, Benoit's daughter, well. But too much leniency takes its toll : after Vauclin, the gangster, manages to escape and a complaint is filed against "the deplorable disorder reigning in the joyful prison", Benoit is given early retirement. He will know how to take advantage of his new status live a joyful life with his wife, his daughter and André, his son in law, in fact the nice-looking young prisoner who, in the meantime, has been cleared of all charges. Written by Guy Bellinger See less
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Director
André Berthomieu (as Berthomieu)
Writers
André Berthomieu (adaptation & dialogue) | Pierre François (original idea) | Paul Vandenberghe (adaptation & dialogue)
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Updated Jun 27, 1956

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Jun 27, 1956 (France)

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Michel Simon
Benoit - le surveillant-chef Benoit - le surveillant-chef   See fewer
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Ded Rysel
Auguste Tuboeuf - un détenu cultivateur Auguste Tuboeuf - un détenu cultivateur   See fewer
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Paulette Dubost
Justine Benoit Justine Benoit   See fewer
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Lisette Lebon
Rosette Benoit Rosette Benoit   See fewer
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Michel Roux
André Chauvin André Chauvin   See fewer
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Christian Alers
Le sous-préfet Le sous-préfet   See fewer
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Georges Baconnet
Ferdinand Bouchonnet Ferdinand Bouchonnet   See fewer
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Henri Coutet
Gustave Gustave   See fewer
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Robert Dalban
Vauclin - un gangster détenu Vauclin - un gangster détenu   See fewer
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Paul Derly
Breton - un détenu perceur de coffres-forts Breton - un détenu perceur de coffres-forts   See fewer
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Émile Genevois
Petit Louis - un détenu cambrioleur Petit Louis - un détenu cambrioleur   See fewer
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Marguerite Héliès
La sous-préfète (as Marguerite Helies) La sous-préfète (as Marguerite Helies)   See fewer
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Jane Helly
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Marcel Rouzé
Le brigadier (as Marcel Rouze) Le brigadier (as Marcel Rouze)   See fewer
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Maryse Martin
Charlotte Tuboeuf Charlotte Tuboeuf   See fewer
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Paul Faivre
Filasse - un détenu braconnier Filasse - un détenu braconnier   See fewer
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Charles Bouillaud
Blafard - un détenu faussaire Blafard - un détenu faussaire   See fewer
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Alice Tissot
Madame de St-Leu Madame de St-Leu   See fewer
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Darry Cowl
Maître Larigot Maître Larigot   See fewer
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5.3 / 10 | 7 votes