French Without Tears (1940)

67 or 86 mins | Romantic comedy | 19 April 1940

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Producer:

Mario Zampi

Cinematographer:

Bernard Knowles

Editor:

David Lean

Production Designer:

Paul Sheriff

Production Company:

Two Cities Films, Ltd.
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HISTORY

Although the running time of the U.S. release was 67 minutes, the film ran 86 minutes in its British release. Modern sources credit playwright Terence Rattigan with screenplay, along with Anatole DeGrunwald and Ian Dalrymple. Paramount bought the play in Mar 1937 for $50,000 and mounted the show on Broadway before filming it. The play opened in New York on 26 Sep 1937. The onscreen credits read that producer Mario Zampi appears "by arrangement with Two Cities Films ... More Less

Although the running time of the U.S. release was 67 minutes, the film ran 86 minutes in its British release. Modern sources credit playwright Terence Rattigan with screenplay, along with Anatole DeGrunwald and Ian Dalrymple. Paramount bought the play in Mar 1937 for $50,000 and mounted the show on Broadway before filming it. The play opened in New York on 26 Sep 1937. The onscreen credits read that producer Mario Zampi appears "by arrangement with Two Cities Films Ltd." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Mar 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 May 40
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
11 Nov 39
p. 42.
New York Times
29 Apr 40
p. 12.
Variety
24-Mar-37
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Variety
15 Nov 39
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A David E. Rose Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Ed supv
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play French Without Tears by Terence Rattigan (London, 6 Nov 1936).
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 April 1940
Production Date:
at Sound City Studios, England
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount British Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
24 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9688
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Ultra Violet Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 86
Length(in reels):
7
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
5510
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The residents of Professor Maingot's French school for English gentlemen are agog when beautiful Diana Lake comes to visit her younger brother. The only man unaffected by her beauty is Alan Howard, who is disdainful of her flirtations. Alan's indifference prompts Diana to flirt with Chris Neilan, who falls in love with her. When hardhearted naval commander Bill Rogers enters the school, Diana sets her sights on him and dates both men. She two times them until they discover that she has been feeding them the same lines, and instead of coming to blows, the men become friends and reject Diana. This leaves Chris free to renew his romance with Jacqueline, Professor Maingot's daughter, while Diana makes it clear that she is really in love with Alan. Afraid that he will succumb to Diana's charms, Alan arranges to leave for London immediately. Despite the efforts of Bill and Chris, Alan never makes it to London, and reluctantly falls in love with ... +


The residents of Professor Maingot's French school for English gentlemen are agog when beautiful Diana Lake comes to visit her younger brother. The only man unaffected by her beauty is Alan Howard, who is disdainful of her flirtations. Alan's indifference prompts Diana to flirt with Chris Neilan, who falls in love with her. When hardhearted naval commander Bill Rogers enters the school, Diana sets her sights on him and dates both men. She two times them until they discover that she has been feeding them the same lines, and instead of coming to blows, the men become friends and reject Diana. This leaves Chris free to renew his romance with Jacqueline, Professor Maingot's daughter, while Diana makes it clear that she is really in love with Alan. Afraid that he will succumb to Diana's charms, Alan arranges to leave for London immediately. Despite the efforts of Bill and Chris, Alan never makes it to London, and reluctantly falls in love with Diana. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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