A DOG, A MOUSE AND A SPUTNIK (1958)
(a.k.a. SPUTNIK / A PIED, A CHEVAL ET EN SPOUTNIK)
Article #934 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-5-2003
Posting Date: 3-3-2004
Directed by Jean Dreville
Featuring Noel-Noel, Denise Grey, Mischa Auer
When a dog and a mouse descend from a Sputnik and land in France, they are found by a man suffering from loss of memory who thinks the dog is an old pet. When the government shows up to claim the dog, he vows not to give him up.
I really don’t have much to say about this one; it’s a French comedy with a topical theme, and the last part of the movie involves men being sent up into space, so it qualifies as science fiction. It’s mildly amusing throughout, though it never really becomes anything more than that. My favorite moment is probably when the Frenchman is taken on a tour of Russia and consistently sticks his foot in his mouth when talking with his guide.