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The Mayor's Dilemma

The Mayor's Dilemma

A Feature film by Raymond Bernard

Produced by Nero-Film

Release in France : 23/09/1939

    Synopsis

    Set during WWI, the film takes place in a tiny French village, occupied by the Germans. When an enemy officer is killed, five villagers are taken hostage, sentenced to execution if the guilty party does not come forward. Through an incredible coincidence, one of the hostages is town mayor Charpin, who not only knows the killer's identity, but is also an accessory after the fact. A rather abrupt deux ex machina provides the film with a happy ending, especially for young lovers Pierre (Jean Paqui) and Annie (Annie Vernay), whose forbidden rendezvous precipitated the killing in the first place.

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Nero-Film

    French distribution :

    Gray-Film

    Full credits (9)

    Assistant Director :

    Serge Vallin

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Anouilh, Victor Trivas, Leo Mittler

    Sound Recordist :

    William-Robert Sivel

    Editor :

    Charlotte Guilbert

    Music Composer :

    Darius Milhaud

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jean Anouilh

    Directors of Photography :

    Robert Lefebvre, Jean Brévignon, Leon Bellet

    Production Manager :

    Ralph Baum

    Production Designers :

    André Barsacq, Jean Perrier

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama, War

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1939

    French release :

    23/09/1939

    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    750

    Visa issue date :

    30/09/1943

    Approval :

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.37

    Audio format :

    Mono