Michel Simon was a Swiss actor. He appeared in the notable films La Chienne, Boudu Saved from Drowning, L'Atalante, Port of Shadows, The Head, The Train; the actor François Simon is his son. Simon used to say about himself that he was born in 1895 and, "as misfortune never comes singly, cinema was born the same year". Son of a Catholic sausage maker and a Protestant housewife mother, Simon soon left his family and town to go to Paris, where he first lived at the Hotel Renaissance, Saint-Martin Street in Montmartre, he worked many different jobs to survive, such as giving boxing lessons or peddling smuggled lighters. He devoured every book, with special preference for Georges Courteline's writings, his artistic beginnings in 1912 were modest: magician and acrobat stooge in a dancers' show called "Ribert's and Simon's", in the Montreuil-sous-Bois Casino. Conscripted into the Swiss Army in 1914, he described himself as insubordinate, spending a lot of time in the stockade, he contracted tuberculosis.
In 1915, while on leave, he saw Georges Pitoëff's early work in the French language, at the Theatre de la Comédie of Geneva, acting in Hedda Gabler. He decided to become an actor too, but had to wait until 1920 before making his first brief appearance on stage, with Pitoëff's company, speaking three lines for the registrar role in the Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, he worked at this time as the company's photographer. He was spotted for the first time in a supporting role in George Bernard Shaw's Androcles and the Lion. In 1922, his company moved to Paris at the Comédie des Champs-Élysées, he quit the following year to become a light comedy actor in plays by Tristan Bernard, Marcel Achard and Yves Mirande. Marcel Achard presented him to Charles Dullin, in whose company he acted in Je ne vous aime pas with Valentine Tessier. Louis Jouvet, who had meanwhile replaced Pitoëff, hired him at the Comédie des Champs-Élysées. Simon gave a successful performance in Jean de la Lune, a play by Marcel Achard.
His inimitable talent transformed his Cloclo supporting role to the big attraction of the play. His theatrical career blossomed with a large repertoire: Shakespeare, Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Henri Bernstein, but it was film that brought him stardom, his first film appearance was Feu Mathias Pascal, adapted from Pirandello and directed by Marcel L'Herbier. Soon after, he appeared in La vocation d'André Carel, directed by Jean Choux; the film used small-scale production methods. In silent movies, he brought his amazing appearance and his unusual face – a talent with an exceptional mobility, but without mannerism, he exploited his body his ugliness, offering a wide range of characterisations that brought audience sympathy, as in Boudu sauvé des eaux, or sometimes, In Quai des brumes for example, disdain. His film career was boosted with the advent of talking pictures. People remarked that his gravelly voice were as original as his appearance and play, he revealed his unclassifiable talent: action comedy, tragedy, light comedy.
He appeared in 55 plays from 1920 to 1965, 101 from 1965 to 1975. Simon was a trusted friend of elite brothel-keeper Madame Claude, who referred to him as one of her “essayeurs”: he "tried out" her new girls for her. “I could judge their physical qualities,” Claude said. “I could judge if she was pretty and cultivated, but I didn’t know how she was in bed. So I had good friends, who told me exactly. I would ring them up and say, ‘There’s a new one.’ And afterwards they’d ring back and say, ‘Not bad,’ ‘Could be better,’ or ‘Nulle.’ Or, on the contrary, ‘She’s perfect.’” He appeared in Dreyer's 1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc. He acted in films for Jean Renoir, Jean Vigo and Marcel Carné. In the 1950s, he reined in his activities following an accident involving a makeup dye that left part of his face and body paralysed. In 1967, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 17th Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Le vieil homme et l'enfant, he died at 80 years of age from a pulmonary embolism and is buried in the Grand-Lancy Cemetery of Geneva, next to his parents, as per his testamentary wishes.
In the 1920s/1930s, Simon enjoyed associating with the Parisian lower classes. Simon would say that he preferred "living with animals than humans", he lived for a long time in a kind of bohemian house near Paris. He built a series of exterior wire tunnels that linked the various floors and allowed his pet monkeys freedom to roam around; the house was surrounded by rank weeds, filled with amazing bric-a-brac, including his large collection of erotica, including photographs and films. This collection was dispersed after his death. Feu Mathias Pascal by Marcel L'Herbier... Pomino The Loves of Casanova The Passion of Joan of Arc by Carl Theodor Dreyer On purge bébé by Jean Renoir La Chienne by Jean Renoir... Maurice Legrand Boudu Saved from Drowning by Jean Renoir... Priape Boudu High and Low by G. W. Pabst Lake of Ladies Miquette L'Atalante by Jean Vigo... Old Jules Le Bonheur by Marcel L'Herbier... Noël Malpiaz The Brighton Twins Girls of Paris Moutonnet Bizarre, Bizarre by Marcel Carné... Irwin Molyneux Boys' School AKA: "les disparus de saint agil" by Christian-Jaque … Lemel, the drawing teacher Beautiful Star Port of Shadows by Marcel Carné … Zabel Le Dernier tournant Behind the Facade The End of the Day … Cabrisssad
Noël Roquevert was a French stage and film actor. He appeared in more than 180 films between 1932 and 1972. Roquevert was married to stage and film actress Paulette Noizeux, he died in Douarnenez, aged 80. Noël Roquevert website Noël Roquevert on IMDb
Gaby Morlay was a French film actress. Morley began acting in the era of silent films, became known as co-star with Max Linder in his "Max" series, she starred in a series of "Gaby" films such more than twenty other silent films. She moved into talking films in the early 1930s, she played Queen Victoria in the 1939 historical film Entente cordiale. She had an affair with the government minister Max Bonnafous during World War II, as a result was investigated for collaboration with the Nazis after the liberation of France, she married Bonnafous. Morlay continued to play important roles in the 1950s. Gaby Morlay on IMDb
Henri-Gustave Casadesus was a violist, viola d'amore player, music publisher. Casadesus received his early musical instruction with Albert Lavignac and studied viola with Théophile Laforge at the Conservatoire de Paris, taking first prize in 1899. From 1910 to 1917, he was the violist of the Capet Quartet. Along with Camille Saint-Saëns, Casadesus founded the "Société des instruments anciens" in 1901; the society, which operated between 1901 and 1939, was a quintet of performers who used obsolete instruments such as the viola da gamba, or Casadesus's own instrument, the viola d'amore. The quintet was notable in its day for premiering rediscovered works by long-dead composers, it was discovered that Casadesus and his brothers, notably Marius Casadesus, wrote these works. The Adélaïde Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is sometimes mistakenly attributed to Henri but is by Marius. However, Henri is believed to have been the author of a "Concerto in D Major for viola" ascribed to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, described by Rachel W. Wade in her survey The Keyboard Concertos of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
This concerto appeared in 1911 in a Russian edition "transcribed...for small orchestra by Maximilian Steinberg," and was subsequently performed by conductors such as Darius Milhaud and Serge Koussevitsky recorded by both Felix Prohaska and Eugene Ormandy, all under the false attribution. "Thus," Wade wrote in 1981, "at the present time, the most recorded concerto of C. P. E. Bach is a spurious one."Henri is credited with the "Handel Concerto" and the "J. C. Bach Concerto," which are both for viola as well; these are referred to as "The Handel/Casadesus Concerto" and "The J. C. Bach/Casadesus Concerto". Scholarly criticism has confirmed that both these concerti were written by Henri Casadesus in the style of their purported composers. Casadesus is the composer of a violin concerto in D major in the style of Boccherini He was the brother of Marius Casadesus and Robert-Guillaume Casadesus, uncle of the famous pianist Robert Casadesus, granduncle of Jean Casadesus. Henri Casadesus had five children including actress Gisèle Casadesus.
He was grandfather to Dominique Probst. StageLe rosier, Opera buffa in 3 acts. Godard, L. Delibes, Hervé, O. Métra, Lacome, P. Delmet" in 2 acts, 18 scenes. C. Bach" Concerto in C minor for viola and orchestra.
Jacques Baumer, was a French theatre director and comedian. 1932: Ce cochon de Morin by Georges Lacombe 1933: Étienne by Jean Tarride 1936: La Reine des resquilleuses by Max Glass and Marco de Gastyne – 1936: L'Homme sans cœur by Léo Joannon - 1936: La Belle Équipe by Julien Duvivier - 1937: Southern Mail by Pierre Billon – 1937: La Porte du large by Marcel L'Herbier - 1937: Gribouille by Marc Allégret - 1937: Mollenard by Robert Siodmak 1937: Feu! by Jacques de Baroncelli - 1937: Un déjeuner de soleil by Marcel Cravenne - 1937: Double crime sur la ligne Maginot by Félix Gandera - 1938: La Glu by Jean Choux - 1938: La Piste du sud by Pierre Billon - 1938: Café de Paris by Yves Mirande and Georges Lacombe - 1938: Légions d'honneur by Maurice Gleize - 1938: Désiré (film, 1937 by Sacha Guitry - 1938: Rasputin by Marcel L'Herbier - 1938: Durand bijoutier by Jean Stelli 1938: Accord final by J. Rosenkranz - 1939: Le Jour Se Lève by Marcel Carné 1939: Entente cordiale by Marcel L'Herbier - 1939: Behind the Facade by Yves Mirande and Georges Lacombe - 1940: Paris-New York by Yves Mirande - 1942: The Strangers in the House by Henri Decoin - 1942: Les Ailes blanches by Robert Péguy - 1942: Les affaires sont les affaires by Jean Dréville - 1942: L'Appel du bled by Maurice Gleize - 1942: The Benefactor by Henri Decoin - 1942: Mahlia la métisse by Walter Kapps 1942: Mademoiselle Béatrice by Max de Vaucorbeil - 1943: The Count of Monte Cristo by Robert Vernay -, Edmond Dantès during the first period 1943: Le Colonel Chabert by René Le Hénaff - 1943: L'Éternel Retour by Jean Delannoy 1943: Coup de tête by René Le Hénaff - 1944: Les Caves du Majestic by Richard Pottier - 1947: Par la fenêtre by Gilles Grangier - 1948: Dilemma of Two Angels by Maurice Tourneur - 1948: Le Comédien by Sacha Guitry - 1949: Millionnaires d'un jour by André Hunebelle - 1949:'Night Round by François Campaux - 1949: Le Furet by Raymond Leboursier - 1949: Manèges by Yves Allégret - 1950: Ma pomme by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon - 1951: Dear Caroline by Richard Pottier - 1921: La Souriante Madame Beudet by Denys Amiel and André Obey, Théâtre de Paris 1923: La Vagabonde by Colette and Léopold Marchand, théâtre de la Renaissance 1924: La Galerie des glaces by Henri Bernstein, Théâtre du Gymnase 1927: Vient de paraître by Édouard Bourdet, directed by Victor Boucher, Théâtre de la Michodière 1929: Durand, bijoutier by Léopold Marchand, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1930: Étienne by Jacques Deval, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1933: Karma by Jeffrey Dell, Théâtre de l'Œuvre 1934: Les Temps difficiles by Édouard Bourdet, Théâtre de la Michodière 1936: Europe by Maurice Rostand, Théâtre Pigalle 1936: La vie est si courte by Léopold Marchand, Théâtre Pigalle 1938: Duo de Paul Géraldy, directed by Jean Wall, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1941: La Machine à écrire by Jean Cocteau, directed by Jean Cocteau, Théâtre Hébertot 1943: Clotilde du Mesnil by Henry Becque, directed by Alice Cocéa, Théâtre des Ambassadeurs 1943: Maisn'te promène donc pas toute nue! by Georges Feydeau, directed by Alice Cocéa, Théâtre des Ambassadeurs 1943: À la gloire d'Antoine by Sacha Guitry, Théâtre Antoine 1947: Nuits noires by John Steinbeck, directed by Henri Rollan, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1944: Mademoiselle Antoinette by Jean Guitton, Théâtre de l'Apollo 1950: Harvey by Mary Chase, mise-en-scène Marcel Achard, Théâtre Antoine 1929: L'Amoureuse Aventure by Paul Armont and Marcel Gerbidon, Théâtre Édouard VII 1930: Mistigri by Marcel Achard, Théâtre Daunou 1930: Langrevin père et fils by Tristan Bernard, Théâtre des Nouveautés 1931: Le Cyclone de Somerset Maugham, Théâtre des Ambassadeurs 1932: Mademoiselle by Jacques Deval, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1932: Trois et une by Denys Amiel, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1933: Lundi 8 heures by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, Théâtre des Ambassadeurs 1934: Le Discours des prix, play with 3 acts and 4 scenes by Jean Sarment, Théâtre Saint-Georges, 27 September in Paris 1934: Liberté provisoire by Michel Duran, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1936: Ma liberté by Denys Amiel, Théâtre Saint-Georges 1942: Les Inséparables by Germaine Lefrancq, Théâtre de Paris 1942: Les J3 ou la nouvelle école by Roger Ferdinand, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens 1946: Ce soir je suis garçon! by Yves Mirande & André Mouëzy-Éon, Théâtre Antoine 1946: Les Derniers Seigneurs by Roger Ferdinand, Théâtre Édouard VII 1946: La Nuit du 16 janvier by Ayn Rand, Théâtre de l'Apollo 1946: Étienne by Jacques Deval, Théâtre La Bruyère 1948: Ils ont vingt ans by Roger Ferdinand, Théâtre Daunou 1954: Les J3 de Roger Ferdinand, Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique Raymond Chirat, Olivier Barrot, Les Excentriques du cinéma français: 1929-1958, Henri Veyrier, Paris, 1983 ISBN 9782851993045 Yvan Foucart, Dictionnaire des comédiens français disparus, Éditions cinéma, Mormoiron, 2008, 1185 p. ISBN 978-2-9531-1390-7 Jacques baumer on data.bnf.fr Jacques Baumer on IMDb
Maurice Escande was a French stage and film actor. In 1948 he starred in the film The Lame Devil under Sacha Guitry. 1917: Un vol étrange 1918: Simone 1920: L'essor 1921: Les deux soldats 1921: La ferme du choquart 1921: Mademoiselle de La Seiglière 1921: Les trois lys 1921: Fromont jeune et Risler aîné 1922: Molière, sa vie, son oeuvre 1923: Nantas 1923: Un gentleman neurasthénique 1925: La damnation de Faust 1931: Luck 1932: Chassé-croisé 1932: Totoche et compagnie 1932: Kiss Me 1933: The Three Musketeers 1933: Le gendre de Monsieur Poirier 1933: Son altesse impériale 1934: Un soir à la Comédie Française 1935: Le parapluie de Monsieur Bec 1935: Le collier du grand duc 1935: The Green Domino 1935: Dora Nelson 1935: Les époux scandaleux 1935: Jeunes filles à marier 1935: Lucrezia Borgia 1936: Tout va très bien madame la marquise 1936: La Garçonne 1936: Les demi vierges 1936: Les deux gamines 1936: Sept hommes, une femme 1936: The Two Boys 1936: Les petites alliées 1937: The Messenger 1937: Cinderella 1937: La danseuse rouge 1937: Liberté 1938: Café de Paris 1938: La Marseillaise 1938: La belle revanche 1940: Moulin Rouge 1940: Paris-New York 1941: Madame Sans-Gêne 1941: The Black Diamond 1942: Étoiles de demain 1942: Patricia 1942: La femme que j'ai le plus aimée 1943: Captain Fracasse 1944: La vie de plaisir 1945: Bifur 3 1945: Échec au roy 1945: Le père Goriot 1945: Farandole 1946: The Queen's Necklace 1946: The Captain 1947: Hymenée 1948: The Lame Devil 1948: Man to Men 1948: La renégate 1949: Monseigneur 1950: Amour et compagnie 1951: Coq en pâte 1952: L'Étrange Madame X 1952: Buridan, héros de la tour de Nesle 1953: La dame aux camélias 1953: Des quintuplés au pensionnat 1955: Napoléon 1955: Le fils de Caroline Chérie 1956: If Paris Were Told to Us 1960: Antigone 1963: Les animaux 1964: Comment épouser un premier ministre 1966: Martin Soldat 1970: Le cinéma de papa Les gens du cinéma Maurice Escande on IMDb
Yves Mirande was a French screenwriter, director and producer. She Wolves, directed by Maurice Elvey Evening Clothes, directed by Luther Reed The Porter from Maxim's, directed by Roger Lion and Nicolas Rimsky Trois jeunes filles nues, directed by Robert Boudrioz Kiss Me, directed by Robert Péguy The Wonderful Day, directed by René Barberis L'Arpète, directed by Émile-Bernard Donatien A Hole in the Wall, directed by René Barberis När rosorna slå ut, directed by Edvin Adolphson A Lucky Man, directed by Benito Perojo The Matrimonial Bed, directed by Michael Curtiz The Man in Evening Clothes, directed by René Guissart A Gentleman in Tails, directed by Roger Capellani and Carlos San Martín Pour vivre heureux, directed by Claudio de la Torre Simone est comme ça, directed by Karl Anton Kiss Me, directed by Léon Mathot Mon cœur balance, directed by René Guissart The Wonderful Day, directed by Yves Mirande and Robert Wyler The Porter from Maxim's, directed by Karl Anton Je te confie ma femme, directed by René Guissart Un Petit Trou pas cher, directed by Pierre-Jean Ducis Mr.
What's-His-Name?, directed by Ralph Ince It Happened in Paris, directed by Carol Reed and Robert Wyler The Porter from Maxim's, directed by Maurice Cammage Kisses for Breakfast, directed by Lewis Seiler A Hole in the Wall, directed by Émile Couzinet Ce coquin d'Anatole, directed by Émile Couzinet The Porter from Maxim's, directed by Henri Diamant-Berger La Famille Cucuroux, directed by Émile Couzinet The Porter from Maxim's, directed by Claude Vital The Wonderful Day, directed by Claude Vital 1932: The Wonderful Day 1935: Baccara 1936: Seven Men, One Woman 1936: Le Grand Refrain 1936: The Bureaucrats 1937: À nous deux, madame la vie 1938: Café de Paris 1939: Behind the Facade 1940: Paris-New York 1940: Moulin-Rouge 1933: The Porter from Maxim's by Karl Anton 1939: Behind the Facade by Georges Lacombe and Yves Mirande, as Le clochard sur le banc 1942: Les Petits Riens by Raymond Leboursier, as Brignolles 1933: Je te confie ma femme 1909: Un petit trou pas cher, Comédie-Royale 1910: Les Jeux sont faits?, Théâtre Michel 1912: Pour vivre heureux, Théâtre de la Renaissance 1920: Un homme en habit, Théâtre des Variétés 1920: La Femme de mon ami, Théâtre Michel 1920: Le Chasseur de chez Maxim's, Théâtre du Palais-Royal 1921: Simone est comme ça, Théâtre des Capucines 1922: La Merveilleuse Journée, Théâtre du Palais-Royal 1922: Pourquoi m'as-tu fait ça?, Théâtre des Capucines 1923: Embrassez-moi, Théâtre du Palais-Royal 1925: Trois jeunes filles nues, Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens 1925: Voulez-vous être ma femme?, Théâtre de la Renaissance 1926: Au premier de ces messieurs, Théâtre du Palais-Royal 1927: Une femme dans un lit, Théâtre du Palais-Royal 1927: L'Arpète, Théâtre La Scala 1929: Le Trou dans le mur, Théâtre de la Michodière 1929: La Grande vie, Théâtre du Palais-Royal 1946: Ce soir je suis garçon!, Théâtre Antoine 1943: À la gloire d'Antoine by Sacha Guitry, Théâtre Antoine 1949: Le Petit by Tristan Bernard, Théâtre Antoine Yves Mirande on IMDb