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La Joyeuse Prison

La Joyeuse Prison

A Feature film by André Berthomieu, Lucien Masson

Produced by Les Films de l'Abeille, Sirius

Release in France : 29/06/1956

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Actors (31)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producers :

Les Films de l'Abeille, Sirius

French distribution :


Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution


Benoit, the head guard of Clouville Prison, prefers to be liked than feared. This basic principle transforms the jail-house into a joyful prison, where all the inmates live amicably together. Among them, various colorful characters : a farmer, a poacher, a distiller, a forger, two pickpockets, a safe-cracker, a gangster and... a good-looking guy who pleases Rosette, Benoit's daughter, well. But too much leniency takes its toll : after Vauclin, the gangster, manages to escape and a complaint is filed against "the deplorable disorder reigning in the joyful prison", Benoit is given early retirement. He will know how to take advantage of his new status live a joyful life with his wife, his daughter and André, his son in law, in fact the nice-looking young prisoner who, in the meantime, has been cleared of all charges.

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Full credits (11)

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Paul Vanderberghe, André Berthomieu

Producer :

Jules Desurmont

Director of Photography :

Georges Million

Editor :

Gilbert Natot

Music Composer :

Henri Betti

Location Manager :

Michel Bonnay

Dialogue Writer :

Paul Vandenberghe

Screenwriter :

Pierre François

Sound recordists :

Lucien Lacharmoise, Robert Teisseire

Production Designer :

Raymond Negre

Still Photographer :

Marcel Dolé

Technical details

Feature film

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Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

100% French

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French release :


Runtime :

1 h 35 min

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Black & White

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