- (Lucien Noël / August 9, 1897, Paris, France - October 4, 1989, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France)A former bank clerk (before 1914) and satirical cartoonist for leftist newspapers (Le Canard enchaîné; L'Humanité; Le Populaire), he made his debut as a chansonnier in a Parisian cabaret in 1921.A film actor since 1930 (La Prison en Folie, Henry Wulschleger), he won huge popularity with French audiences after portraying the comedy character of Adémaï in several shorts (1932 Adémaï et la Nation armée, Jean de Marguenat, 1933 Adémaï Joseph à l'O.N.M., Jean de Marguenat) and feature-length films (1933 Adémaï Aviateur / UK: Skylark, Jean Tarride; 1935 Adémaï au Moyen-Âge, Jean de Marguenat; 1943 Adémaï Bandit d'Honneur, Gilles Grangier). He co-wrote several of the movies in which he starred (notably La Cage aux Rossignols / UK and USA: A Cage of Nightingales, as co-screenwriter, dialogist, 1945; Le Père tranquille / USA: Mr. Orchid, as screenwriter, also co-director, René Clément, 1946; Les Casse-Pieds / UK and USA: The Spice of Life, as screenwriter, dialogist, Jean Dréville, 1949).Filmography1951 ◘ La Vie chantée (also screenwriter, dialogist, actor)
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.