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Produced by  Jacques Feyder
Initial release  1922
Producer  Jacques Feyder
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Directed by  Jacques Feyder
Country  France
Director  Jacques Feyder
Crainquebille httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediaen000Cra
Distributed by  Red Seal Pictures (1923 US release)
Release date  15 November 1922 (1922-11-15) (France) 2 September 1923 (1923-09-02) (U.S.)
Running time  90 minutes (original release) 76 minutes (restored version)
Written by  Anatole France, Jacques Feyder
Cinematography  Léonce-Henri Burel, Maurice Forster
Cast  Françoise Rosay, Jean Forest, Maurice de Féraudy, Félix Oudart, Jeanne Cheirel
Similar  Faces of Children, The Faithful Heart, Pension Mimosas, Money, Hôtel du Nord

Crainquebille les travailleurs des halles de paris l aube en 1923

Crainquebille (1922) is a French silent film directed by Jacques Feyder. The film was known as Bill in the US and as Old Bill of Paris and Coster Bill of Paris in the UK. The restored film is now known for its cinematic realism compared to many other films of the silent era.


Crainquebille 1922 full movie hd


Jérôme Crainquebille, is an ageing modest vegetable seller who has sold groceries from his cart in Les Halles market in Paris for over 40 years. One day, whilst waiting for a customer to give him his change, he is hassled by a policeman who insists that he moves on. When he protests, Crainquebille is arrested, supposedly for swearing at the policeman. Following a farcical trial, the old man is sent to jail, where due to the poor quality of his past life he enjoys the benefits of the free shelter and food.

On his release, however, his life continues to nose-dive: all of his past regular customers shun him, and, with no income, he turns to the bottle becoming an alcoholic. He is reduced to a tramp that everybody loathes, and the sad old man is about to commit suicide when a young street boy called "Mouse" takes him by the hand to forget about the past and persuades him to make a fresh start.


  • Maurice de Féraudy as Jérôme Crainquebille
  • Félix Oudart as L'agent 64
  • Jean Forest as La Souris
  • Marguerite Carré as Mme Laure
  • Jeanne Cheirel as Mme Bayard
  • René Worms as M. Lemerle
  • Charles Mosnier
  • Armand Numès
  • Françoise Rosay
  • Preservation status

    In 2005, a restored 35mm print was produced by Lobster Films in Paris in association with Lenny Borger, and was released on DVD by Home Vision Entertainment in 2006.


    Crainquebille Wikipedia

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