Male Companion (Un Monsieur de Compagnie)

1964 _ Antoine, incapable of working, uses his charm and cheek to live at the expense of multi-millionaires in Paris, Rome, and London. You could say he's living the dream...

Antoine wakes up from a terrible nightmare: he dreamed he was working! He’s relieved to discover that he is in fact fishing with his grandfather, who teaches Antoine ‘not to waste your life earning a living’.

Sadly the old man dies, leaving his grandson alone and penniless. So Antoine decides to make use of his inheritance: a telescope which he sets up on the hill at Montmartre. Here he takes advantage of an ice cream vendor, and seduces his girlfriend.

But as soon as she starts talking about marriage, Antoine flees. He washes up with a very rich prince who has serious problems. He makes Antoine station master of his model railway. Finding his work exhausting, and the prince being just that bit too crazy, Antoine flees again…

In Rome, after receiving a warm welcome from a baker’s wife while her husband worked night shifts, Antoine goes on to attract the attention of a wealthy lawyer, pretending to be a friend of the lawyer’s late son. He spends some happy days at his new protector’s home, until, one sad day, the lawyer is generous enough to offer Antoine a job…

In London, Antoine comes under the care of a millionaire with whom he had a bidding war over a painting in an auction, despite not having a penny to his name. His benefactor, whom he has followed to Paris, takes up his idea of giving the painting to his workers as a gift. This is how Antoine meets Isabelle, whom he quickly marries.

The couple live in a house in the suburbs, with Antoine heading off to work in a steel factory every day. Suddenly, Antoine wakes up. With great relief, he realizes that he is in fact fishing with his grandfather.

 

Crew

Production: Films Julien Derode – P.E.C.F – Les Films du Siècle (Paris) – Ultra film (Rome)
Producer: Julien Derode
Scénario : Henri Lanoë and Philippe de Broca, based on the novel of the same name by André Couteaux.
Dialogue : Henri Lanoë and Philippe de Broca.
Director of photography: Raoul Coutard (Standard-Eastmancolor).
Opérateurs : George Liron, Philippe Brun.
Editing: Françoise Javet.
Music: George Delerue.
Sound technician: Jacques Carrère.
Sets: Pierre Duquesne.
Make-up: Georges Bouban.
Production manager: Christian Ferry.
Stage manager: Jacques Pradel.
Assistant director: Georges Pellegrin.
Script : Sylvette Baudrot.
Press agent: Mouny Frohwith.
Génériques : Jean Fouché.

 

Cast

Jean-Pierre Cassel (Antoine Mirliflor)
Jean-Claude Brialy (le prince)
Irina Demick (Nicole)
Catherine Deneuve (Isabelle)
Annie Girardot (Clara la femme sur la plage)
Valérie Lagrange (Louisette la soubrette du prince)
Sandra Milo (maria la femme du boulanger)
Adolfo Celi (Benvenuto l’avocat)
Marcel Dalio (le milliardaire Alexandre Darius Socratos)
André Luguet (le grand-père d’Antoine)
Jean-Pierre Marielle (Balthazar le vendeur de glaces)
Irène Chabrier (Ernestine la repasseuse)
Renée Passeur (la patronne d’Ernestine)
Rosy Varte (la mère d’Isabelle)
Sacha Briquet (le fondé de pouvoir du milliardaire)
Jacques Dynam (Julien le père d’Isabelle)
Christian Lude (le notaire)
Memmo Carotenuto (le flic)
Rosemarie Dexter (l’étudiante de l’école des beaux-arts)
Gamil Ratib (l’oriental à la vente aux enchères)
Hubert Deschamps (le prêtre à la télévision)
Giustino Durano (le professeur Gaetano à l’école des beaux-arts)
Jess Hahn et Jacqueline Jefford (le couple de touristes)
Geneviève Fontanel (l’amie du milliardaire)
Bernard Musson (le concierge)
Louise Chevalier (sa femme)
Guy Pierauld (le commentateur du match)
Marcel Charvey (le deuxième client de l’hôtel)

Running time: 92 minutes.
Tournage : 20 April – 13 June 1964, studios de Boulogne.
Extérieur : Paris, Rome, London.
Distribution : 20th Century Fox.
Release in Paris: 4 November 1964.
Box office: 128 742 tickets sold over three weeks in five Paris cinemas.