11 June 2001 | richard.fuller1
Very decent old movie that is worth watching
Wonderful old film about French and English in Cornwall, living side-by-side and arguing over fishing rights. Light-hearted moments are included, such as an Englishman telling a derogatory joke about French and none of the French laugh at it, and he hedges and haws his way on through his speech, a neighborly sporting event and a concert cancelled because the performers fought during rehearsal. The movie may seem to focus on the young Frenchman and the English lass and their romance, but the real stars are his French mother and her English father. Fran Rosay as the French mother especially compels the movie right up until the end. There are no Hollywood stars in here to steal the show, not even a recognizeable face or two. What a treat. If it ever comes on again, make plans to set a program to record it and watch it later. I had this and Buster Crabbe's Tarzan on tape at the same time, and, thinking I would watch the best one last, I watched Johnny Frenchman first. Turns out, I should have watched Buster Crabbe first! Johnny Frenchman was a delight.