Fric-Frac is a 1939 French comedy film directed by Maurice Lehmann and Claude Autant-Lara, starring Fernandel, Arletty and Michel Simon. It tells the story of Marcel, an assistant to a jeweller, who befriends a couple of criminals who want to use him as an accomplice to rob his boss. The film is based on a 1936 play by Édouard Bourdet. Filming took place in March and April 1939 at the Laboratoires et Studios Eclair in Épinay-sur-Seine.[1] The film was released in France on 15 June 1939.[2]

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Directed byMaurice Lehmann
Claude Autant-Lara (uncredited)
Produced byMaurice Lehmann
Screenplay byMichel Duran
Based onFric-frac by Édouard Bourdet
Music byCasimir Oberfeld
CinematographyLouis Née
Armand Thirard
Edited byVictoria Mercanton
Release date
  • 15 June 1939 (1939-06-15)
Running time
120 minutes



According to Arletty, Claude Autant-Lara did all the direction and Maurice Lehmann was mainly the producer.[3]


  1. ^ "Anecdotes du film Fric-frac". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  2. ^ "Fric-frac". (in French). Cinémathèque Française. Retrieved 2015-06-28.
  3. ^ Gilles, Christian (1988). Arletty ou la liberté d'être. Librairie Séguier. p. 72. ISBN 9782906284869.