Mademoiselle Strip-tease

Mademoiselle Strip-tease

Comedy, Drama | 98 mins | Released: 1956
Director: Marc Allegret
Starring: Brigette Bardot, Daniel Gelin, Robert Hirsch, Jacques Dumesnil, Jacques Bouillaud, Jacques Fervil, Jacques Jouanneau
Our Rating: 6
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Aspiring author Agnes Dumont (Brigitte Bardot) gets into hot water when she publishes a racy story under a nom de plume and her strict father (Jacques Dumesnil) finds out. Fleeing to Paris to room with her brother, Agnes unwittingly pawns a priceless book and must raise a fortune quickly. Disguising herself as the sexy Sophia and entering a striptease contest, an embarrassed Agnes is horrified to discover that her new boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Gélin), is in the audience.

Movie Notes:

Mademoiselle Strip-tease is a Comedy film directed by Pierre Foucaud, and written by Alice Colanis, released in 1961 in the USA. Philippe Nicaud is starring, alongside Agnès Laurent, Dora Doll, Simone Paris, Jack Ary and Michel Bardinet.

Some English-language prints bear the title While Plucking the Daisy.

Bardot soon became synonymous with scandal…
Author: Righty-Sock from Mexico – 19 July 2005
“Bardot completed her acting apprenticeship by filming Marc Allegret’s “En Effeuillant la Marguerite” in 1956…
This film saw Bardot do the famous striptease that, even with a heavy dose of modesty, caused a noisy tumult… Catholic cinematic authorities were horrified by Brigitte’s particular style of freedom of expression, and advised against showing the film anywhere…

Bardot soon became a symbol of eroticism incarnate, of pure provocation, and, in the conservative societal atmosphere of the time, synonymous with scandal…
This scandal turned even more explosive when the first film directed solely by Vadim, starring his sizzling young bride, had its premiere…”

Cheerful fluff
Author: Euphorbia from Oregon – 18 September 2002
“This is a harmless screwball comedy, mostly fast-paced, always amusing, but never laugh-out-loud funny. The striptease is a tiny and almost incidental part of the film, and Mlle Bardot never undresses on camera. A damn shame. But she really could act, and is better than the rest of the deservedly unknown cast. Maybe that is why they were chosen, so as not to upstage the luminously beautiful star.”

Average Comedy with Lovely BB!
Author: shepardjessica-1 from United States – 1 February 2005
“Made right before AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, this little comedy is no great shakes, except for the lively and vivacious Ms. Bardot who is charming as always. The guy who plays her brother is strangely bizarre and amusing. A pretty tame film (considering the title), the plot isn’t worth discussing, but Brigitte is coy and beautiful.
A 5 out of 10. Best performance = Ms. Bardot. Her next film (GOD) would completely change her image from fun and innocent to passionate and a lasting sexual creature of the 50’s. Roger Vadim, who wrote this one finally got to direct her and make a lasting impression. This film is enjoyable, but nothing to brag about.”

Brigitte Bardot is charming in this early career rom-com.
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth – 23 July 2003
“The title of this film is a direct reference to the title of a book by 18-year-old Agnes (Brigitte Bardot), published under the name ‘A.D.’ (her initials) because the book is about the people in her hometown of Vichy and she didn’t want everyone to know she wrote it. She ends up in Paris, broke, and needs to raise 180,000 Francs quickly, and her only hope is to enter a strip tease contest. She, and the two newspaper friends she meets on the train to Paris, make quite a good comedy trio. Even with English subtitles this is a fun and funny film, and is a great introduction to the early Bardot without her nudity.
Agnes’ father, a general, was so upset she had written a book about their town, he forceably was sending her away by train to a convent, but instead she hopped onto the train to Paris, needing to borrow money from the news men for the billet. That created the connection, so that the two guys would need to keep track of her. In the process one of them, the confirmed batchelor and womanizer, fell in love with her. Agnes went to the address her brother had given her, but instead of his house it was a museum, instead of being the wealthy painter he claimed, he was a poor tour guide. Wanting clothes and other things, Agnes took a valuable book and sold it, and that is what created her desperate need for 180,000 Fr, her brother insisted they buy it back and replace it. She decided to enter the strip tease contest which pays 200,000 Fr to the winner. (I suspect about $200 to $300 equivalent in 1950 money.

Shy, she calls herself ‘Sophie’ and decides to wear a mask while stripping, and she wins. Her fiancee goes into her dressing room, unaware that she is really Agnes, and pretends to be in love with Sophia, so he can get a story. This confuses Agnes, and creates the romantic tension for the last scene. The finals of the contest are in her town of Vichy, her brother is there, her dad is a judge, her fiancee finds out the truth, she gets someone else to strip for her, presumably everyone turns out happy.
At 99 minutes this is an easy film to watch, the action and situations are never dull. There is brief torso nudity, in context of the contest, but no Bardot nudity. If this film were released today it would probably be PG-13. I saw it on DVD, the restored version in B&W. Except for a minute of so in the last half, where the image became very dark, it is a very fine video transfer. Extras are limited to several Bardot movie trailers. A free loan from my local county library.”

Brigitte is coy and beautiful
Hal Erickson, NY Times
“Please, Mr. Balzac!, the film was retitled Mademoiselle Striptease by one enterprising American distributor. Essentially, this is a harmless little escapade in which Bardot, escaping the strictures of her puritanical father, jumps off a train bound for a proper girls’ school to seek her fortune in Paris. Here she moves in with her brother, a museum curator. The presence of the voluptuous Bardot causes most of her brother’s stuffy co-workers to behave like Tex Avery’s cartoon wolf. Co-written by director Yves Allegret and Roger Vadim, Mlle. Striptease was released in France as En Effeuillant la Marguerite; some English-language prints bear the title While Plucking the Daisy”