Thank Heaven for Small Favors


1h 24m 1965

Brief Synopsis

An aristocratic family is going broke and one of their eccentric members decides to rob church poor-boxes to find them money, thinking that it's a sign from God.

Film Details

Also Known As
Deo gratias, Heaven Sent, The Funny Parishioner, Un drôle de paroissien
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 Jan 1965
Production Company
A. T. I. L. A.; Le Film d'Art
Distribution Company
International Classics
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Deo gratias by Michel Servin (Paris, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color

Synopsis

The Lachesnayes, an aristocratic French family, are so impoverished that they are forced to strip their apartment of doors and panelling to provide winter firewood. Nevertheless, they remain determined to follow the family tradition of not working. Georges, the most religious member of the Catholic family, goes to church and informs God of the problem and waits for a sign from heaven. He interprets the sound of coins dropping into the church alms box as the sign and helps himself to the offering. Before long, he visits some 250 churches throughout Paris and then extends his practice to the provinces. The police and church authorities are unable to apprehend him, and Georges begins to amass a considerable fortune. When he is finally caught, a new vision shows him the error of his ways. He returns half of the stolen money, invests the rest, and escapes in the family car.

Film Details

Also Known As
Deo gratias, Heaven Sent, The Funny Parishioner, Un drôle de paroissien
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 Jan 1965
Production Company
A. T. I. L. A.; Le Film d'Art
Distribution Company
International Classics
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Deo gratias by Michel Servin (Paris, 1961).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 24m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White, Color

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Paris in August 1963 as Un drôle de paroissien. Original French title: Deo gratias. Also known as The Funny Parishioner and Heaven Sent.

Miscellaneous Notes

b&w

dialogue French