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Poster for Ray Ventura film "Feux de Joie"


FR 1938 Florida Films ... Director:Jacques Houssin ... Music:Paul Misraki
... Dir/prod: Dimitri Dragomir ...... Photography: Montérau
... Decors: Robert Hubert, Heuri Ménessier ... Sound: Paul Duverger
... Story:André Hornez & J. Houssin ... Dialogue & Lyrics: André Hornez
... Ray Ventura & his Collegians; Micheline Cheirel with Marcel Vallee
... Alice Tissot, Georges Flateau, Alberta Mansfield, Jimmy Gaillard, Sinoël,
... Dumontier, Charblay, Odette Roger, Mona Goya, René Lefevre, Raymond Cordy

The Collegians:-
Coco Aslan, Gus Deloof, André Dassary, Phillippe Brun, Guy Paquinet, Adrien Mares,
Jos Brevre, Max Blanc, John Eslevian, André Cauzard, Maurice Chilot,
André Corville, Roger de Hutbourg, Louis Gaste, Max Gezdrey, Louis Janson,
Indre Lluis, Robert Vez, Jefn Pirenee, Danny Polo, Louis Vola.
(spelling corrections for some of these would be appreciated!)

Issued in France by Pathe-Baby on 9.5mm sound as 2GS.70108 (approx 44 mins)
- heavily cut from the 35mm cinema original running time of 95 minutes.
(note: Naturally, the 9.5mm print has the original French language sound track)

A group of friends are in the forces and play in the military band. Once demobbed, they go their various ways in civvy street, not having much luck with their jobs. By a series of events they all meet up again and arrange to take over a hotel on the French Cote d'Azur. They cycle all the way there - we see them set off down (or is it up?) the Champs Elysee in Paris! Eventually by a bit of trickery the hotel picks up a few guests and becomes successful, with even some love interest on the way.

Music:   Over titles - medley of music used in the film
               Military band - unidentified
               "Y'A Des Jours, Où Toutes Les Femmes Sont Jolies" ('Bicycle number') 
              ("Pres De Vous Dans Le Soir" - this number is mising from the 9.5mm print, it's 
               performed in a night-time camping scene before they finish the cycling number in the morning)
              ("Le Nez De Cléopâtra" - only a very short extract in the 9.5mm copy) 
             "Qu'est-Ce Qu'On Attend Pour Être Heureux" (Hornez-Misraki)
             "Comme Tout Le Monde" (Hornez-Misraki)
             Tap dance number - unidentified
             Finale - reprise of "Y'A Des Jours, Où Toutes Les Femmes Sont Jolies" 

Watch a French 9.5mm sound film - Ray Ventura musical clips from - GS.70108 "Feux De Joie" on You Tube -
Watch the clip "Le Nez de Cléopâtre" (only just a few bars in the 9.5mm print) from "Feux De Joie" on You Tube -

Ray Ventura (16April1908 - 29March1979):-

In the late 1920's, The Lycée Jeanson de Sailly, in one of the smart areas of Paris saw a gang of youngsters - mad on Anglo-Saxon music, rather the sort of variety tinged jazz performed by bands like Jack Hylton's in the UK - form their own orchestra. The first records were cut in English. A member of the band, Paul Misraki, also wrote songs. The songs were full of refreshing humour that immediately caught on.

To make themselves better known, the orchestra, by now 'Ray Ventura & His Collegians', hired the esteemed Salle Pleyel on a Friday 13th, a date no-one would book. The concert was a great success and as a result Henri Varna engaged the entire troupe to accompany Cécile Sorel on her debut run at the Casino de Paris. Soon the Collegians' songs were popular everywhere. By now the group could put on an entire show, including a mix of smooth and rhythmic vocal numbers, instrumental pieces and an assortment of gags and sketches.

A little luck saw the release of "Tout Va Très Bien Madame La Marquise" in 1936, co-incide with worker-occupation of factories, making the tune a parallel anthem of the French Popular Front. By now the cinema world also took an interest.......

Ray Ventura had visited London for the first time in 1931, his group at that time including the American bass saxophonist Spencer Clark, although four years later he completely reorganised his band. In March 1938 he made a flying visit to England for a concert at the Odeon Theatre, Guilford, a broadcast the following day, and then a recording session for the Parlophone label. Personnel at the time included trumpeters Philippe Brun and Gus Deloof, trombonist Guy Paquinet, and bassist Louis Vola, the latter a long-time member of the famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Ray Ventura returned to England just prior to the outbreak of war.

The war saw the Vichy government outlaw some members of the band. Most of the orchestra went with Ray Ventura to Argentina, South America, others remained in Paris with other bands. After the liberation, Ray Ventura reformed the orchestra in Paris, the bearer of new rhythms, he introduced the French to the delights of the samba. There was another successful British tour in 1946. By now Ray had also moved into film production. The arrival of rock & roll saw his retirement - Ray Ventura, who incidentally was Sacha Distel's uncle, died in Majorca on 29th March 1979.

Actor: Aventure á Paris  (1936) aka Adventure in Paris
       Feux de Joie  (1938)
       Tourbillon de Paris  (1939) aka Whirl of Paris 
       Mademoiselle S'Amuse  (1947)
       Nous Irons à Paris  (1949) aka We Will All Go To Paris
       Monte Carlo Baby  (1951)
       Nous Irons à Monte Carlo (1952) aka We Will All Go To Monte Carlo
       Cent Francs par Seconde  (1953)
       Pourquoi Paris?  (1962)- uncredited
Various: Amour à L'Américaine  (1932) - composer
         Tous Va Très Bien Madame La Marquise   (1936) - musical director
         Nitchevo  (1936) - musical director
         Claudine à L'École  (1937) - musical director
         En Êtes-Vous Bien Sûr?   (1946) - musical director
Producer: Pigalle-Saint-Germain-des-Prés  (1950)
          Monte Carlo Baby  (1951)
          Nous Irons à Monte Carlo  (1952)
          Jamais Deux Sans Trois  (1952)
          La Jeune Folle  (1952) aka Desperate Decision
          Coiffeur Pour Dames (1952) aka An Artist With Ladies/French Touch
          Femmes de Paris  (1953)
          Les Compagnes de la Nuit  (1953)
          Escale à Orly  (1955) aka Intermediate Landing in Paris
          Pardonnez Nos Offenses  (1956)
          Vive Henri 1V ... Vive L'Amour!  (1961)
          Verspätung in Marienborn  (1964) aka Stop Train 349

Ray Ventura & his Collegians 1938


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