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 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Britain's go-to French actor, Andre Maranne, has passed away aged 94.

Herbert Lom's right hand man in The Pink Panther films, Benoit in Doctor Who's The Moonbase, Basil's 'emergency' chef in Fawlty Towers, and Bill Carson's pal!

The Times obituary (free login required).

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/andre-maranne-obituary-vpscqk6hj

 
 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 6:10 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Ironically, I saw him last night as Spectre #10 in THUNDERBALL and was thinking he had already passed away.

He was great in the Pink Panther movies.

RIP.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

No, not my mate Andre?!!

We go back a long way.

Well, to an optician's waiting room.

Rip my best budster. 1 month short of 95.




Litefoot i deleted my bit so u can delete yours if u like.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

No, not my mate Andre?!!

We go back a long way.

Well, to an optician's waiting room.

Rip my best budster. 1 month short of 95.


(P.s im not sure about the drunk chef, thats wrong. Maranne ran Andre's restaurant in the Torquay in F T and when they did the gourmet night their chef got drunk, so Basil drove to the restaurant to collect meals from Andre. Kurt was the drunk chef who got pissed n wanted to kiss maniel, played by Steve Plytas)


Yes, you are right! Thanks. I'll edit.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 8:20 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Sad news. I guess that's nearly all the main creative talents from The Pink Panther films gone now when you think of it. Edwards, Mancini, Sellers, Lom, Kwuok, Niven, Stark, Plummer and now Maranne. At least Claudia is still with us.

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Id forgotten Burt had gone, at 85 in 2016.

The one thing that movies do....is freeze people and give them a funny kind of immortality where they never grow old.

It is sobering and frightening as people you have watched all your life continue to pass away. frown

 
 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 10:43 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

Elke Sommer from A Shot In The Dark is still alive and kicking.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2021 - 12:25 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Andre Maranne made his feature film debut in WICKED AS THEY COME, a 1956 drama about the rise and fall of an unscrupulous woman (Arlene Dahl) who uses men as steppingstones to wealth and power. Maranne had a bit part as a Paris barman. Ken Hughes directed the film, which has an unreleased score by Malcolm Arnold.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2021 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1956, Maranne also had a small role as a police officer in PORT AFRIQUE. The film follows “Rip Reardon” (Philip Carey), an ex-Army flier, as he returns to his home in French Morocco to find his wife dead. He suspects she has been murdered, but “Police Colonel Moussac” (Eugene Deckers) insists she committed suicide. Rip begins to suspect not only his friends but also a mysterious brunette, “Ynez” (Pier Angeli), a Casbah night-club singer with whom he begins to fall in love.

Rudolph Maté directed the film, which has another unreleased score by Malcolm Arnold.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2021 - 1:17 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE deals with the true experience of Violette Szabo (Virginia McKenna), a young Englishwoman who became a resistance fighter in occupied France in 1944. Certain details of the story weren't divulged until just a decade ago, with the publication of Leo Marks' book "Between Silk and Cyanide." The film cemented the career of actress McKenna, best known to Americans as the star of BORN FREE. Of the 92 days she spent filming, McKenna only had two days off from the rigorous schedule, which included getting up at 5:30 each morning. The two days off were to marry Bill Travers (her eventual co-star in BORN FREE) and have a very brief honeymoon. Andre Maranne had a bit part as “Garnier,” a garage man, in the film.

Lewis Gilbert directed the picture. William Alwyn's score for the 1958 film has not had a release.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 25, 2021 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

THE WHOLE TRUTH was a 1958 murder yarn, based on the 1955 play of the same name by Philip Mackie. It was filmed at the Walton Studios, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. Romulus Films had bought the motion picture rights to Mackie's play, intending to film a co-production with Twentieth-Century Fox which would co-star Stewart Granger and his then wife, Jean Simmons. But the deal fell through, Donna Reed replaced Simmons, and the film ended up being released by Columbia. Andre Maranne had a bit part as a car owner.

John Guillermin and Dan Cohen directed the film. Mischa Spoliansky provided the score, which was played by Johnny Dankworth and His Orchestra, as conducted by Lambert Williamson. THE WHOLE TRUTH had a well-below-average U.S. box office take of $1.3 million.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2021 - 10:27 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem, resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, a dormant dinosaur that threatens London. Andre Maranne had a small role as a French radio officer in the film.

Eugène Lourié directed and co-wrote the film with blacklisted writer Daniel James. Edwin T. Astley’s score has not had a release.


 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2021 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

I didn't realise he'd done so many films!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2021 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Kenneth More was the second most popular star at the U.K. box office in 1961, the year he made his fourth and final film for director Lewis Gilbert, LOSS OF INNOCENCE (aka THE GREENGAGE SUMMER). The film told the story of a British girl's (Susannah York) awakening from childhood into life and love while on vacation in France with her sisters and brother. Danielle Darrieux played "Madame Zizi," the proprietor of the château-hotel on the River Marne where the children stay. André Maranne played “Monsieur Dufour” in the film.

Kenneth More was asked by Gilbert to go on a diet before making the film in order that he be more believable as a romantic lead. The actor did so, as he badly wanted to be in the movie. Richard Addinsell's score was released on a Colpix LP, but has not had a CD re-issue.


 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2021 - 12:43 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Thanks Bob for giving my mate Andre the poster treatment

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2021 - 1:05 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The story for H.M.S. DEFIANT flipped the script on MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY. On the titular ship, during the French Revolutionary Wars, fair-minded "Captain Crawford" (Alec Guinness) is locked in a battle of wills against his cruel second-in-command "Lt. Scott-Paget" (Dirk Bogarde) whose heavy-handed command style pushes the crew to mutiny. Guinness made the film during a two-month break in the shooting of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, when the production moved from Jordan to Spain. Upon finishing this 1962 film, Guinness resumed his LAWRENCE role of "Prince Faisal." André Maranne played “Colonel Giraud” in the film.

The film was director Lewis Gilbert's second for producer John Brabourne. When Columbia Pictures brought the film to the U.S. market, knowing that the initials "H.M.S." would carry little meaning for Americans, they re-titled it DAMN THE DEFIANT! Clifton Parker's score was released on a Colpix LP, which was re-issued on CD by Film Score Monthly in 2007. The DEFIANT sank at the American box office, grossing just $800,000.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2021 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The cast of the 1962 Steve McQueen war drama THE WAR LOVER included two actors who would later make their marks in “The Pink Panther” films. Burt Kwouk had a small role as an aircrew member, and André Maranne appeared as a French officer. Philip Leacock directed the film, which was based on John Hersey's novel. Richard Addisell's score has not had a release. THE WAR LOVER did below-average business at the U.S. box office, with a $3.1 million gross.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 27, 2021 - 11:22 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

COME FLY WITH ME tells the romantic tale of three air hostesses (Dolores Hart as “Donna Stuart,” Pamela Tiffin as “Carol Brewster” and Lois Nettleton as “‘Bergie’ Bergstrom”) looking for husbands during a flight over the Atlantic from New York to Paris. Karl Malden (as recently widowed older millionaire “Walter Lucas”), Karlheinz Böhm [Karl Boehm] (as the diamond smuggler “Baron Franz Von Elzingen”), and Hugh O’Brian (as the plane’s womanizing pilot, “First Officer Ray Winsley”) are the more interesting men in the hostesses’ lives. It is O'Brian who gets involved with new stewardess Carol Brewster (Tiffin). André Maranne had a small role as a French hotel clerk.

Henry Levin directed the MGM production. Lyn Murray's score, which was recorded in Britain, has not had a release. COME FLY WITH ME never took off at the box office, and grossed only $1.5 million.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 28, 2021 - 1:55 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

André Maranne made his first appearance as "Francois" in 1964's A SHOT IN THE DARK. In the film, "Francois" is the assistant to “Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus” (Herbert Lom). This second of “The Pink Panther” films found “Inspector Jacques Clouseau” (Peter Sellers) investigating the murder of the driver of “Mr. Benjamin Ballon” (George Sanders) at a country estate.

Herbert Lom and André Maranne in A SHOT IN THE DARK



Blake Edwards directed the 1964 comedy. Only two cues from Henry Mancini’s score have been released, on various Mancini compilations. A SHOT IN THE DARK was the #5 picture at the U.S. box office, with a $19.3 million gross.


 
 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2021 - 12:27 AM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In THUNDERRBALL, James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. agent “Emilio Largo” (Adolfo Celi) in an international extortion scheme. André Maranne played a SPECTRE agent in the film.

Terence Young directed the 1965 film. John Barry’s score was released on a United Artists LP. It was re-issued on CD by EMI-Manhattan Records in 1988. An expanded version of the score was released by Capitol/EMI in 2003. Various contemporary sources estimated a negative cost of $6.5—$8 million, making THUNDERBALL the most expensive Bond picture up to that time. It was also the highest grossing Bond film to date -- #3 at the U.S. box office, with a $76.6 million gross.


 
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