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In 1948, Gratien Gélinas created the character Tit-Coq, a sort of Fridolin-turned-soldier. The play of the same name was an overwhelming success. Presented in French and in English in Canada and the United States, it played 542 times in 1951 alone, an all-time record. Gélinas adapted the play to the screen in 1952; produced by him and financed by France Film, the film obtained the prize for the Best Canadian Film at the Canadian Film Awards in 1953.