Joseph-Arthur Homier was the first director of feature-length films in Quebec. A renowned professional photographer, in 1922 Homier directed Oh! Oh! Jean, a slapstick comedy about a servant who courts a widow. The film’s success enabled Homier to found the “Le bon cinéma national” company, which in 1922 produced his next film, Madeleine Verchères, an epic historical drama written by his collaborator Emma Gendron . In 1924, Homier directed a detective story entitled La drogue fatale. As with his earlier efforts, the film was well received but generated little profit because of its limited distribution in Quebec. As a result, Homier abandoned cinema and devoted himself to photography.