An obscure giallo-murder mystery and possible crime action or thriller,
that was pretty entertaining if not very good really. Strictly B
but with Adolfo Celi giving it some gravitas with his bad guy performance,
and Werner Peters were always an entertaining actor.
I wanted to see this because of Anita Ekberg but she only had a small
role as the wife of Celi, and i watched this film on an italian
DVD with italian audio and without any english subtitles (but with italian
The for me unknown Dean Reed plays the hero detective and looks and
acts like a B version of Roger Moore, yes, sounds annoying
doesn't it ? Piero Umiliani composed the cool pleasant ST and Anna Arrazini
sang the theme song.
Above: Helen Chanel as Angela
Above: The great Adolfo Celi as Max Spiegler
Fabio Testi plays the rich artist Francesco
Villaverde who like to paint blonde beautiful women to then having sex
with them and
finally to strangle them, and the film starts with him doing that to
a signora Simmons (Femi Benussi in a very small role).
The story takes place at the vacation seaside resort "Hotel Sole
e Mare", an establishment owned by Charly (Werner Peters) and
run with the help of handy-man Riccardo (Mario Brega) and Locatelli
(Riccardo Garrone) and i.a. barmaid Angela (Helen Chanel).
I watched this film in italian without any english subtitles,
and i may've missed some major plot elements, but Werner Peter's Charly
don't seem to happy about the murder being committed at his resort,
and Mr. Simmons (Renato Baldini) hires Bob Martin (Dean
Reed) to investigate the case of his wife's murder and to retrieve the
valuable jewel necklace that was taken from her body.
The obvious suspect would be Francesco Villaverde (Testi) married to
the cheated Maria (Nadia Tiller).
Above: Anita Ekberg as Signora Sophia Ferretti
Charly seems to have some bad problems with a debt to
Mr. Max Spiegler (Adolfo Celi) and his woman Sophia Ferretti (Ekberg)
and these two may be connected with the italian mob (as i said, i can't
understand italian). But, even if this couple are bad guys
they could be in danger too as Sophia Ferretti is a blonde (and horny)
Francesco Villaverde likes blonde women and the 1st
victim was blonde, but also investigator Bob's girlfriend Ellen (Ini
and Sophia Ferretti are blondes and being blonde is not a good thing
at this vacation resort.
Is Francesco the killer ? Probably not as this is Euro Golden era murder
mystery. Fritz is Charly's hero German Shepherd dog.
The Italian DVD presents the film in Fullscreen (slightly
cropped from 1.66:1 or not, the case sleeve says 16:9 - 4:3 (?) with
italian audio DD 2.0 WITHOUT english subtitles (only
with italian subs). Extras: Cine Kult Trailers (10
really cool and sleazy)
i.a. Il Plenilunio delle vergini and Eva Nera and an Interview with
Sergio Garrone in italian with no subs (26 minutes)