1888 - 1972
The singer and actor Maurice Chevalier was epitome of the French charm. He began as an acrobat and turned to the singing after a serious accident. He made his film debut already in 1908 in "Trop crédules", it followed other French productions like "Par habitude" (11), "La valse renversante" (14) and "Une soirée mondaine" (17).
He served in World War I and came into a German prison camp. There he learnt the English language from fellow-prisoners which was very important for his later career.
After the war he had unexpected success in Paris and had countless appearances at Pariser music halls. Beside it he took part in two more movies - "Gonzague" (22) and "Par habitude" (23).
Maurice Chevalier went to the USA in 1928 where he soon acted for Paramount in movies tailored to him. He was nominated for an Oscar for his part in Ernst Lubitsch's "The Love Parade" (29) and for his role in "The Big Pond" (30) he was nominated for the second time.
In the next years he took part in the movies "The Smiling Lieutenant"
(31), "One Hour With You" (32) and "Love Me Tonight" (32), which marked
the height of Chevalier's career.
His career reached a deadlock with the outbreak of World War II. After
the war he was confronted with reproaches that he had been a Nazi collaborator.
These reproaches were wrong and he became rehabilitated.
Maurice Chavaliers lifework was crowned with the Honorary Award in 1958.
Other movies with Maurice Chevalier: