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Léo Joannon

Léo Joannon (21 August 1904 – 28 March 1969) was a French writer and film director. Born in Aix-en-Provence,[1] Joannon was originally a law student who became a novelist and journalist before entering the film industry in the 1920s as a cameraman.[2]

Joannon first attracted international attention in early 1939 during the production of S.O.S. Mediterranean, when his attempts to include shots of a German naval ship docked in the port of Tangier created a diplomatic incident between the pre-World War II French and German governments. The film later won the Grand Prix du Cinema Français.[3]

Joannon is best known to international audiences as the director of the comedy film Atoll K (1951), which was the final motion picture starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Among his other films were Le Defroque (1954) and Fort du Fou/Outpost in Indochina (1962).[2]

Joannon died in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

See also

  • Amour de poche (1957)


External links

  • Léo Joannon in the Internet Movie Database

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