Fanfan la Tulipe | 1953
France, 1760s. The Seven Years' War decimates the armies of Europe as King Louis XV's recruiting offers scour the country for new cannon fodder. Meanwhile, in a quiet corner of Normandy lives Fanfan, a footloose young orphan who leads a charmed life as a rustic Casanova when not practicing his fencing skills on unsuspecting grain sacks. When the father of his latest conquest catches him in flagrant delit, Fanfan decides its time to sign up with the army to escape a "pitchfork" wedding--but he is also motivated by Adeline, a gypsy who predicts military glory for him and marriage to the King's daughter. However, Adeline is in fact only the recruiting sergeant's daughter, serving as a decoy to unsuspecting yokels to sing up. On his way to training camp, Fanfan single-handedly comes to the rescue of none other than Henriette, the King's daughter, and the Marquise de la Pompadour, when their royal carriage is attacked by Bandits. La Pompadour gives Fanfan a golden tulip (and a nickname) as thanks for his heroic deeds.