An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat)
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An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie) (The Horse Ate the Hat)
Eugene Labiche and Marc Michel's effervescent French farce An Italian Straw Hat was gracefully adapted for the screen by director René Clair. Albert Prejean plays a well-meaning fellow who is on the way to his wedding. While en route, Prejean's horse has the bad manners to eat the expensive hat of a lovely young woman. The girl is beside herself, so Prejean gallantly offers to postpone his wedding until he can locate an identical chapeau, thereby setting in motion an endless series of comic misunderstandings. More than one historian has noted that Albert Prejean is made up to look like… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Clair's talent would not survive long into the coming of sound, but at this point in his career he seems marvelously assured, creative, and playful."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The plot is very slight, but director Clair maintains a tight grasp of the action and the end result is a fun and enjoyable piece of playful absurdity."
‑ , Film4
"... a fleet, lightfingered gem with the befuddled energy and knockabout momentum of a Harold Lloyd movie, the criss-crossing characters of a screwball comedy and the continental attitude and sparkling wit of a Lubitsch film."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"It's a madcap, sophisticated comedy of the highest order."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid