High up in the French Alps, the inhabitants of a small mountain village are busy preparing for Christmas. The toymaker Cornusse is occupied making presents for the children of the village, unaware that his beautiful young daughter, Catherine, is being courted by a mysterious baron. Having recently returned to the village after an absence of several years, the baron lives alone in his chateau and refuses to see anyone, until Catherine visits him out of pity. On Christmas Eve, the baron fails to keep a dinner date with Catherine, at the same time that a priceless diamond is stolen from the church. A short while later, two children from the village discover the body of Father Christmas lying dead on the snow-covered mountain slope. With the police prevented from arriving because of bad weather, the villagers attempt to resolve the mystery themselves and discover who killed Father Christmas… —Filmsdefrance.com
Christian-Jaque (byname of Christian Maudet; 4 September 1904 – 8 July 1994) was a French filmmaker. From 1954 to 1959, he was married to actress Martine Carol, who starred in several of his films including “Lucrece Borgia” (1953), “Madame Du Barry” (1954), and “Nana” (1955).
His 1946 film A Lover’s Return was entered into the 1946 Cannes Film Festival.
Christian-Jaque won the Best Director award at the 1952 Cannes Film Festival for his popular swashbuckler Fanfan la Tulipe. At the 2nd Berlin International Film Festival, he won the Silver Bear award for the same film.
Christian-Jaque began his motion picture career in the 1920s as an art director and production designer. By the early 1930s, he had moved into screenwriting and directing. He continued working into the mid-1980s, though from 1970 on most of his work was done for television.
Christian-Jaque was born in Paris. He died at Boulogne-Billancourt in 1994. —Wikipedia