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The Sleepwalker (1951)

Boniface somnambule (original title)
Victor Boniface's life is not exactly a rest cure. Just imagine : Victor is both a store detective and a ... shoplifter (only when he walks in his sleep, mind you)! And falling in love ... See full summary »

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Victor Boniface
Andrex ...
Charlie, le chef des gangsters
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Stella Gazzini, la vedette à Tabarin (as Gaby Andreu)
André Roanne ...
Louis, le voleur du briquet
Raoul Marco ...
Le directeur des magasins
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Anatole, le mari soupçonneux
Julien Maffre ...
Victor, le lampiste (as Maffre)
André Numès Fils ...
Jules, le valet de chambre du Grand Hôtel (as Numès fils)
Rivers Cadet ...
Jean
Michel Ardan ...
Un gangster
Mathilde Casadesus ...
Mademoiselle Thomas
Yves Deniaud ...
René, un gangster
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Victor Boniface's life is not exactly a rest cure. Just imagine : Victor is both a store detective and a ... shoplifter (only when he walks in his sleep, mind you)! And falling in love while sleepwalking is no bed of roses either, as the good-natured man simply forgets everything after waking up. Fortunately love wins the game in the end. Does that mean that life will become as easy as pie ? Certainly not : the little Bonifaces will be sleepwalkers just like their daddy! Written by Guy Bellinger

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5 April 1951 (France)  »

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The Sleepwalker  »

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A policeman mentions at the phone the "place Jean Manse" (Jean Manse Square) but this square doesn't exist: Jean Manse is the dialogist of the film. See more »

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Follows The Heroic Mr. Boniface (1949) See more »

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Never wake a sleepwalker
20 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

If you want to watch this movie,do not read Guy Bellinger's storyline on main page:it spoils the excellent ending ,the unexpected twist of a movie which is far from excellent;some scenes are funny but the screenplay is repetitive ,and in spite of the reliable principal ,too much sleepwalking becomes a bit irritating all in all.And ,as far as the viewer is concerned ,it stands in danger of contaminating him.

The best scenes are not in the main plot:Andrex and his gang of two-bit hoodlums do not really stand out.One can prefer:

-the beginning with the feeding bottle which,in a way,reveals Boniface's intimate longing;then the shoplifter and his three hands;the manager who wants to shake hands with his insightful private eye .

-Boniface ,sleepwalking,winds up in.....Louis De Funès's and wife's bed ,a scene fans of the two actors might not want to miss.

-And the final scene (see above):and they all lived happily ever after.Or should I say "almost happily"!


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