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Odd low budget item but better than Boris' Mexican movies
I'm sure there were cheap crime movies made by the dozens in Italy, the
only reason this one got dubbed-by an impersonator, is Karloff's role
in it. True this is not a horror film though the title is mentioned in
the film. The title sequence looks like something from a 1930's B movie
serial, though these are the English language titles so can't blame the
Italians for that part of it.
Boris appears early on then vanishes for quite a while. It's this non
Boris section that makes the least sense as it takes forever for them
to actually kidnap the child which is then the focus of the rest of the
plot. A good amount of real locations help the film rise above rock
bottom production values. The post sound job is really awful with
missing sounds and music cutting in and out.
There are a few flashes of style but when Karloff is around it's rather
shocking, given the overall poor quality, to see him running around,
clubbing a guy in the head, shooting guns and carrying a kid up and
down hills, rowing a boat in the open sea, and seemingly quite spry.
The impersonator at least tries to sound like Boris which is better
than the Italian versions of the otherwise--to say the least--much
superior Italian versions of Karloff's Bava-directed films. And unlike
several Christopher Lee American dubs of Spanish and Italian and German
films where the dubber doesn't sound at all like Lee or ever try to
which is totally distracting. So though the dubbing is terrible here at
least it sort of sounds like Boris and lets his performance be a little
So once the kidnapping plot starts and Boris appears regularly the film
gets better and though it doesn't exactly build in excitement it at
least ends better than it started. So leaves a better taste in your
A dog has a significant role which is fun, though odd. Better, or at
least professional, post sound work and a more active music score would
have helped. Probably the only reason most will see this is for Karloff
and though this shows a gutter period before his 1960's work, he's at
least got a part to play and a very active role when he's on screen
unlike the total rip off scant appearances in those terrible Mexican
Reasons to see it? Boris non horror completest and The Dog. The dog's
dubbing is the best in the film. Oh, PD version I saw was watchable,
not good but OK for what it is. Overall the whole movie and
presentation is a few significant--if small-- notches above bottom of
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