Based on a novel by Abel Hermant, Les Transatlantiques was adapted for the screen by Pierre Colombier. The story concerns a colorful American family who decides to take a vacation to France. The humor arises from the family's misunderstanding of the locals, and vice versa. Closely following the original novel, the film manages to make its comic points with affection and subtlety, rather than hitting the viewer over the head with a sledgehammer. The production slickness of Les Transtalantiques was proof positive that director Henri Diamant-Berger had kept his eyes and ears open during his years in Hollywood.
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