Selling over 17 million tickets in France alone, Gérard Oury's La Grande Vadrouille aka Don't Look Now - We're Being Shot At held the record as the most successful French film of all time for four decades until it was finally beaten by Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, and if it's far from the funniest French comedy ever made, it's certainly a very likeable one that plays to its two stars' strengths. Bourvil is likeable and occasionally taken advantage of as the working class painter and decorator and Luis de Funes pompous and easily flustered as the temperamental conductor who find themselves on the run with Terry Thomas and his British bomber crew after they bail out over Paris during the Second World War, along the way encountering beautiful puppeteers, nuns and cross-eyed German gunners. The wartime setting might account for why the jokes seem be largely rationed and recycled, with all of the comic situations they find themselves in old hat even in 1967, but if it's short of real belly-laughs it's good natured enough to still leave you with a smile on your face. It's a handsome looking picture too thanks to surprisingly lavish production values and some gorgeous Scope photography by Claude Renoir, though Georges Auric's score doesn't fare so well, often feeling as if it's been cut very abruptly short in the sound editing just as it's about to take off.
Optimum's UK DVD release offers a very nice 2.35:1 widescreen transfer with the original French trailer and teaser trailer the only extras.