Mother Love (1938 film)

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Mother Love
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Directed by Jean Boyer
Written byJean Boyer
Based onMother Love
by André Birabeau
Produced by Robert Aisner
Cinematography Victor Arménise
Edited by André Versein
Music by Georges Van Parys
Héraut Film
Distributed byCompagnie Universelle Cinématographique
Release date
3 November 1938
Running time
85 minutes
Language French

Mother Love (French: La chaleur du sein) is a 1938 French comedy drama film directed by Jean Boyer and starring Michel Simon, Arletty and Gabrielle Dorziat. [1] It was based on a play by André Birabeau.


It was shot at Pathe's Francoeur Studios in Paris. The film's sets were designed by the art director Jacques Colombier.


The eighteen-year-old son of a celebrated, widowed archaeologist attempts to commit suicide while his father is away on an expedition in Egypt due to being spurned by a cabaret performer. His three prospective stepmothers all gather at his bedside, each demonstrating a possessive attitude.


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  1. The A to Z of French Cinema p.396