An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat) (1928)

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Eugene Labiche and Marc Michel's effervescent French farce An Italian Straw Hat was gracefully adapted for the screen by director René Clair. Albert Prejean plays a well-meaning fellow who is on the way to his wedding. While en route, Prejean's horse has the bad manners to eat the expensive hat of a lovely young woman. The girl is beside herself, so Prejean gallantly offers to postpone his wedding until he can locate an identical chapeau, thereby setting in motion an endless series of comic misunderstandings. More than one historian has noted that Albert Prejean is made up to look like American two-reel comedian Charley Chase, most of whose "Imagine my embarrassment!" films were constructed pretty much along the same lines as An Italian Straw Hat. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Olga Tschechowa
as Anais Beauperthuis
Jim Gerald
as Beauperlhuis
Paul Olivier
as Uncle Vezinet
Alexis Bondi
as Another Cousin
Louis Pré Fils
as Bobin a cousin
Geymond Vital
as Tavemier
Volbert
as The Mayor
Alice Tissot
as A cousin
Yvonneck
as Nonancourt
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Critic Reviews for An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Clair's talent would not survive long into the coming of sound, but at this point in his career he seems marvelously assured, creative, and playful.

Feb 18, 2014 | Full Review…

... a fleet, lightfingered gem with the befuddled energy and knockabout momentum of a Harold Lloyd movie, the criss-crossing characters of a screwball comedy and the continental attitude and sparkling wit of a Lubitsch film.

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…

It's a madcap, sophisticated comedy of the highest order.

Apr 9, 2010 | Full Review…

The plot is very slight, but director Clair maintains a tight grasp of the action and the end result is a fun and enjoyable piece of playful absurdity.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

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