In this second film version of the tale by Guy de Maupassant, Bourvil embodies a simple-minded and inexperienced rose boy, gullible almost to the point of naivety and foolishness. Marcel Pagnol's adaptation is entertaining and delightful. After his excellent debut in cabaret, on the radio and in music hall, Bourvil played here in his seventh film.
"Producers first used Bourvil, rather foolishly, for his obvious talents and his rustically clownish looks... Such period ended with "LE ROSIER DE MADAME HUSSON". It is not through his moves, for Bourvil hardly ever makes any, but through his voice, his oral delivery and his sudden stops that a relation between what is said and what is not is established. The way he "says without saying" lights up humor within self-effacement."
Producer: Agiman – Eminente Films.
Script and dialogues: Marcel Pagnol, after the tale by Guy de Maupassant.
Direction: Jean Boyer.
Visuals: Charles Suin.
Set: Robert Giordani.
Editing: Franchette Mazin.
Location: Le Neubourg (Eure).
Music: Paul Misraki.
First public screening: Paris, September 1950.
Running time: 1h28.
Bourvil - Isidore Pauline Carton - Sa mère Jacqueline Pagnol - Élodie, la bergère Yvette Etiévant - Marie Christian Lude - Le docteur Henri Vilbert - Le brigadier de la gendarmerie Germaine Dermoz - Madame Husson Mireille Perrey - La comtesse
Madame Husson has created a prize designed to reward the most virtuous young woman in the village. For lack of "rose girl", the committee ladies elect a "rose boy": a naïve young man who avoids girls that find it funny to tease him.