The Little Bather (1968)


The Little Bather (1968)
Le petit baigneur (original title)

Louis-Philippe Fourchaume, another typical lead-role for French comedy superstar Louis de Funès, is the dictatorial CEO of a French company which designs and produces sail yachts, and fires in yet another tantrum his designer André Castagnier, not realizing that man is his only chance to land a vital contract with the Italian magnate Marcello Cacciaperotti. So he has to find him at his extremely rural birthplace in 'la France profonde', which proves a torturous odyssey for the spoiled rich man; when he does get there his torment is far from over: the country bumpkin refuses to resume his slavish position now the shoe is on the other foot, so Fourchaume is dragged along in the boorish family life, and at times unable to control his temper, which may cost him more credit then he painstakingly builds up...
IMDb   6.7 /10
TheMovieDb    6.7 /10
FilmAffinity   5.5 /10
Director Robert Dhéry
Writer Robert Dhéry
Writer Pierre Tchernia
Writer Albert Jurgenson
Writer Michel Modo
Writer Claude Clément
Writer Jean Carmet
Writer Colette Brosset
Release Date1968-03-22
Runtime1h 36mins
Content Rating
CompanyLes Films Corona, Les Films Copernic, Fono Roma
CountryFrance, Italy
LanguageFrench, Italian
Louis-Philippe Fourchaume
Marie-Béatrice Fourchaume
Marcello Cacciaperotti
L'épouse du ministre
La mère du petit Francis
Le gardien du chantier
Le joueur de tambour de la fanfare
Gérard Calvi
Gérard Calvi
Le chef de la fanfare
La garde-barrière
Le gardien de phare
Le ministre
Le paysan (as Henri Genès)
Henri Castagnier (le curé)

The Little Bather

The Little Bather (French: Le Petit Baigneur), is a French comedy film from 1968, directed and written by Robert Dhéry, starring Louis de Funès and Andréa Parisy. The film is known under the titles: "The Little Bather" (International English title), "The Mad Adventures of the Bouncing Beauty" (alternative English title), "Sálvese quien pueda" (Spain), "Der kleine Sausewind" or "Balduin, der Trockenschwimmer" (West Germany), "Si salvi chi può" (Italy), "Mały pływak" (Poland) and "Мали купач" | "Mali kupač" (in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro).


  • Louis de Funès : Louis-Philippe Fourchaume
  • Robert Dhéry : André Castagnier
  • Andréa Parisy : Marie-Beatrice Fourchaume, spouse of Louis-Philippe
  • Colette Brosset : Charlotte Castagnier, sister of André
  • Franco Fabrizi : Marcello Cacciaperotti
  • Jacques Legras : L'abbé Henri Castagnier, a brother of André
  • Michel Galabru : Scipion, the brother-in-low of André
  • Pierre Tornade : Jean-Baptiste Castagnier, a brother of André
  • Henri Génès : Joseph
  • Roger Caccia : Rémi Vigoret (the churchwarden organist)
  • Pierre Dac : minister
  • Robert Rollis : Sailor


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The film was the highest-grossing in France in 1968.