Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe, The (1972)

“Pick out anyone you like, someone out of a crowd: the more anonymous the better.”

Synopsis:
A bumbling musician (Pierre Richard) is mistakenly identified as an undercover agent, and shadowed by a rival spy ring who interpret his every move as important.

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Response to Peary’s Review:
This “harmless French farce” starts off slowly, but quickly begins to generate laughs once Pierre Richard’s hapless violinist enters the screen. Many reviewers seem to find this comedy overly “academic”, but contributors on IMDb are in agreement with me that it’s a genuinely amusing physical comedy. Check it out for yourself.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Mireille Darc wearing a “low, low, low-cut backless gown”—you have to see this dress to believe it!
  • Francois fighting a losing battle with his own bagpipes
  • A member of the rival spy gang finding dead bodies all over Francois’s apartment, which then quickly disappear

Must See?
No, but it’s a gentle little farce worth seeking out. Remade with Tom Hanks as The Man with One Red Shoe (1985).

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One Response to “Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe, The (1972)”

  1. First viewing. Agreed, not must-see, though it’s innocuous-enough. Some may enjoy it for its light-entertainment value. For me, moments of it worked here and there, though I feel some of it is also forced and slapstick-y.

    That said, the last 10 minutes are a good pay-off in a typically French farce way so it does have a nice finish.

    And Darc’s backless gown is indeed a HIGHLIGHT – it’s hilarious and quite an unexpected surprise.

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