Boniface somnambule (1951)
aka: The Sleepwalker
A film directed by Maurice Labro

Genre: Comedy

Film Review

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Boniface somnambule is far from being the most memorable of French comedies but it does have one claim fame - a hilarious scene in which two of France's legendary comic actors - Louis de Funès and Fernandel - appear in bed together. Alas, this unforgettable (and highly improbable) rencontre takes up less than five minutes of screen time and the rest of the film is the usual poldding Fernandel fare, with the horse-faced comedian reprising the role he had played in L'Héroïque Monsieur Boniface (1949). Director Maurice Labro makes the most of the lacklustre scenario but the distinct dearth of gags and a mostly recycled storyline offer limited scope for creativity. A few limp musical numbers provide a little relief from the heavy pall of ennui that hangs over the film, but apart from the aforementioned clash of comedy titans there's not a great deal to write home about. It's an amiable little time waster if you're a Fernandel fan, otherwise don't bother.
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Film Credits

Directed by Maurice Labro
Starring: Fernandel, Andrex, Gaby André, André Roanne, Raoul Marco
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