French Cops Learning English

French Cops Learning English, originally copyrighted in the United States as French Interpreter Policeman, is a 1908 French short silent comedy film directed by Georges Méliès. It was released by Méliès's Star Film Company and is numbered 1288–1293 in its catalogues.


In a room labelled "English School under the management of Miss Blackford," four French policemen and their chief are practicing English words. Miss Blackford, writing "What a fair fish" on her blackboard, tells one of the policemen to translate it into French; his attempt is "Va te faire fiche." The process repeats, with "Very well thank you" translated as "Manivelle St. Cloud." Miss Blackford, holding up a placard reading "Conversation," lets in four young English ladies; the policemen and ladies court each other fervently.