Mr. Peek-a-Boo (1951)

MR. PEEK-A-BOO (1951)
aka Le Passe-muraille
Article 2544 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-23-2008
Posting Date: 7-30-2008
Directed by Jean Boyer
Featuring Bourvil, Joan Greenwood, Gerarud Oury
Country: France/Italy

A mild-mannered clerk discovers he has the ability to walk through walls. When he meets a beautiful English woman who has embarked on a life of crime, he decides to use his power to save her and to win her heart.

This is what happens if you take the idea of THE 4D MAN and make it French comic fantasy rather than science-fiction thriller. There are actually two versions of this movie, a French language version and an English language version, both directed by the same man and with partially different casts. I’m not yet sure which one I’ve watched, but I’m guessing I may have seen the English version. It’s quite amusing, largely because of the likable performance by Bourvil as the clerk and Joan Greenwood as the object of his affections. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed by the ending, as he manages to pass on the ability to someone else without giving us any real internal logic as to how he got it in the first place or as to how he was able to pass it on. Still, this is a fun little movie.


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