Marcel Dalio

Marcel Dalio (born Israel Moshe Blauschild; 23 November 1899 in Paris – 18 November 1983) was a French character actor. He had major roles in two films directed by Jean Renoir, Grand Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939).     

Catch-22 (1970)

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Martin Balsam  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Art Garfunkel
Casablanca (1942)

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Curtiz
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Ingrid Bergman  •  Paul Henreid  •  Claude Rains
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

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Lorelei Lee is a beautiful showgirl engaged to be married to the wealthy Gus Esmond, much to the disapproval of Gus' rich father, Esmond Sr., who thinks that Lorelei is just after his money. When Lorelei goes on a cruise accompanied only by her best friend, Dorothy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Marilyn Monroe  •  Jane Russell  •  Elliott Reid  •  Charles Coburn
Grand Illusion (1937)

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Renoir
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Dita Parlo  •  Pierre Fresnay  •  Erich von Stroheim
How to Steal a Million (1966)

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A woman must steal a statue from a Paris museum to help conceal her father's art forgeries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Wyler
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  Peter O'Toole  •  Eli Wallach  •  Hugh Griffith
The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (1973)

In this riot of frantic disguises and mistaken identities, Victor Pivert, a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Slimane, an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assasins from Slimane's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gérard Oury
CAST:  Louis de Funès  •  Suzy Delair  •  Claude Giraud  •  Henri Guybet
Pépé le Moko (1937)

Pépé le Moko, one of France's most wanted criminals, hides out in the Casbah section of Algiers. He knows police will be waiting for him if he tries to leave the city. When Pépé meets Gaby, a gorgeous woman from Paris who is lost in the Casbah, he falls for her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Jean Gabin  •  Gabriel Gabrio  •  Saturnin Fabre  •  Fernand Charpin
Pillow Talk (1959)

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A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Gordon
CAST:  Rock Hudson  •  Doris Day  •  Tony Randall  •  Thelma Ritter
Sabrina (1954)

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Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work – busily running the family corporate empire, he has no time for a wife and family. David is all play – technically he is employed by the family business, but never shows up for ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Wilder
Tales of Manhattan (1942)

Ten screenwriters collaborated on this series of tales concerning the effect a tailcoat cursed by its tailor has on those who wear it. The video release features a W.C. Fields segment not included in the original theatrical release.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Julien Duvivier
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Rita Hayworth  •  Ginger Rogers  •  Henry Fonda
The Perfect Furlough (1958)

A love-starved soldier stationed at an Arctic base wins a furlough in Paris, but a pretty, no-nonsense military psychologist is ordered to accompany him as chaperone to keep him out of trouble.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Janet Leigh  •  Keenan Wynn  •  Linda Cristal
The Rules of the Game (1939)

A weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean Renoir
CAST:  Nora Gregor  •  Paulette Dubost  •  Mila Parély  •  Odette Talazac
The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

A gambling queen uses blackmail to stop a British financier from closing her Chinese clip joint.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Josef von Sternberg
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Walter Huston  •  Victor Mature  •  Ona Munson
To Have and Have Not (1944)

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Hawks
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Walter Brennan  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Dolores Moran
Wilson (1944)

The political career of Woodrow Wilson is chronicled, beginning with his decision to leave his post at Princeton to run for Governor of New Jersey, and his subsequent ascent to the Presidency of the United States. During his terms in office, Wilson must deal with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry King
The Song of Bernadette (1943)

In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry King
Donovan's Reef (1963)

'Guns' Donovan prefers carousing with his pals Doc Dedham and 'Boats' Gilhooley, until Dedham's high-society daughter Amelia shows up in their South Seas paradise.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Lee Marvin  •  Jack Warden  •  Elizabeth Allen
Unholy Partners (1941)

A crusading newsman (Edward G. Robinson) starts up a tabloid with a gangster (Edward Arnold) as his 50-50 partner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy
CAST:  Edward G. Robinson  •  Edward Arnold  •  Laraine Day  •  Marsha Hunt
Dédée d'Anvers (1948)

Dedee is a prostitute, working in Monsieur Rene's night club on Antwerp's harbour. The porter is Marco, her pimp. Dedee is not happy, until she meets Francesco, an italian sailorman. They fall in love and Dedee begins to dream about an escape of her daily dullness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yves Allégret
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)

Adrian Messenger, a famous writer, asks his friend Anthony Gethryn, a former British agent, to help him investigate the whereabouts of the people who appear on a list, without asking him the reason why he should do so.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Tony Curtis  •  Kirk Douglas  •  Burt Lancaster  •  Robert Mitchum