In 1946, Pagnol recalled his often stormy relationship with actor Raimu. Even in difficult times, and there were many between those two men who had the same accent as well as the same "passionate" temper, they would find suitable tone and words to talk to each other. They would be "at daggers drawn" with each other only to get together even better later on. They both considered, just like César and Panisse, that nothing can be serious enough to justify the most irreparable loss, the loss of a friend.
(LES ANNEES PAGNOL ("THE PAGNOL YEARS") – April 1989)
(Texts by Claude Beylie, Jean Douchet, Paul Giannoli and Jean-Charles Tacchella, introduced by Pierre Lagnand).
Producer: Les Films Marcel Pagnol.
Production manager: Charles Pons.
Script, dialogues and direction: Marcel Pagnol.
Assistants: Pierre Méré, Le-Van-Kim, André Robert.
Visuals: Willy Faktorovitch, assisted by Willy-Gricha, Roger Ledru.
Set: Marius Brouquier.
Location: Marseille, Les Lecques coast, Toulon (shoot: May-August 1936).
Studios: Marcel Pagnol, Marseille.
Sound: Julien Coutellier, Banuls.
Music: Vincent Scotto.
Editing: Suzanne de Troye, Jeannette Ginestet.
First public screening: Paris, mid-November 1936.
(Initial) running time: 2h12.
Raimu - César Pierre Fresnay - Marius Orane Demazis - Fanny Fernand Charpin - Panisse André Fouché - Césariot Alida Rouffe - Honorine Milly Mathis - Tante Claudine Robert Vattier - M. Brun Paul Dullac - Escartefigue Maupi - Le chauffeur Thomeray - Le curé de Saint Jean Castan - L'enfant de choeur Robert Bassac - Pierre Dromard Rellys - L'employé de Panisse Charblay - Henri, patron du bistrot de Toulon Odette Roger - La servante de l'hôtel Louis Boulle - Elzéar, le frère de Panisse Albert Spanna - Le facteur
Fanny, abandoned by Marius, marries Panisse who adopts Césariot, the love child, and raises him as though he was his own child. Today, Césariot is now an adult and Panisse is dying. Fanny tells the truth to her son who then decides to go and look for Marius, his father.