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The "Marseille Trilogy" is the generic name given to three plays by Marcel Pagnol as well as to their various adaptions.

  • Number of Movies: 3
  • Revenue: -

Featured Cast

  1. Raimu


    César Ollivier, Cesar Ollivier

  2. Pierre Fresnay

    Pierre Fresnay

    Marius Ollivier

  3. Orane Demazis

    Orane Demazis

    Fanny Cabanis

  4. Fernand Charpin

    Fernand Charpin

    Honoré Panisse

  5. Alida Rouffe

    Alida Rouffe

    Honorine Cabanis

  6. Paul Dullac

    Paul Dullac

    Félix Escartefigue

  7. Auguste Mouriès

    Félix Escartefigue

  8. Robert Vattier

    Robert Vattier

    Mr. Brun, Monsieur Brun

  9. Milly Mathis

    Milly Mathis

    Tante Claudine Foulon, Claudine Foulon, tante de Fanny

  10. Marcel Maupi

    Marcel Maupi

    Innocent Mangiapan, Innocent Mangiapan, le chauffeur du ferry-boat

  11. Alexandre Mihalesco

    Alexandre Mihalesco


  12. Édouard Delmont

    Édouard Delmont

    Le docteur Felicien Venelle, Dr Félicien Venelle

  13. Rellys


    L'employé de M. Panisse

  14. Odette Roger


Featured Crew

  1. Marcel Pagnol

    Marcel Pagnol

    Directing, Writing

  2. Marc Allégret

    Marc Allégret


  3. Alexander Korda

    Alexander Korda



October 9, 1931

César runs a bar along Marseilles' port, assisted by his 23 year old son, Marius. Colorful characters abound: M. Panisse, an aging widower and prosperous sail maker; Honorine, a fishmonger with a sidewalk stall near the bar; her daughter, Fanny, who helps her sell cockles; and, various old salts. Friends since childhood, Fanny and Marius love each other, but Marius has a secret wanderlust: every ship's whistle stirs a longing for foreign lands. When M. Panisse seeks Fanny's hand in marriage and when a departing clipper needs a deckhand, Marius and Fanny must decide who and what they love most. César, with his generous, comic spirit, tries to guide his son.


November 2, 1932

Picking up moments after the end of Marius, this film follows Fanny’s grief after Marius’s departure—and her realization that she’s pregnant. Panisse continues courting her and embraces the baby’s impending arrival as a gift, so long as its paternity remains a secret. Fanny and Panisse wed, but after her baby’s birth, Marius returns unexpectedly and demands what he believes is still his.


January 1, 1936

Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Césariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Césariot's godfather. Panisse leaves that to Fanny, the lad's mother. Dissembling that he's off to see a friend, Césariot then seeks Marius, now a mechanic in Toulon. Posing as a journalist, Césariot spends time with Marius and leaves believing tales he is a petty thief. Only after the truth comes out can Marius, Fanny, César, and Césariot step beyond the falsehoods, benign though they may be.

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