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The Island Monster (1954)

Il mostro dell'isola (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Thriller | 1957 (USA)
An Italian government agent is assigned to break up a drug smuggling ring on the island of Ischia but his daughter is kidnapped by the gang.

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(as Roberto Montero)

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Don Gaetano
Franca Marzi ...
Gloria D'Auro (as Frana Marzi)
Renato Vicario ...
Ten. Mario Andreani
Patrizia Remiddi ...
Fiorella Andreani (as Patricia Remiddi)
Jole Fierro ...
Giulia
Carlo Duse ...
Foster
Germana Paolieri ...
Adalgisa
Giuseppe Chinnici ...
Maresciallo Antonio Carcani
Giulio Battiferri ...
Il rapitore
Domenico De Nimmo ...
Uomo di Pozzuoli
Clara Gamberini ...
La contessa
Salvatore Scibetta ...
Col. Della Finanza
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Direttore 'Sirena'
Gianni Breschi
Bruna Camerini
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An Italian government agent is assigned to break up a drug smuggling ring on the island of Ischia but his daughter is kidnapped by the gang.

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Caprese Salad
19 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

So, what were Italian crime movies like before they realised that they had to put Maurizio Merli in there, with the funky music and the slapping about of the dames and the violence and what not? Like this I guess, which starts of like the most boring film in the world and then actually manages to turn things around and be entertaining. Honestly. First time I tried to watch this I switched it off after the first half hour. Second time I fell asleep. Third times a charm! In Naples, some guy from the treasuary is sent to Capri to find out whose smuggling drugs in the area. Is it the sexy night club singer? Or that guy who keeps following him about? How about Boris Karloff? Probably, right? After rather a lot of talking, things pick up when the agent's daughter gets kidnapped by Karloff. Why you would bring your family on an assignment is beyond me, but that's what happened.

Also, this guy was undercover but could be seen at any time boarding a ship full of armed cops but then they didn't realise that was him later when he turned up claiming to be from a gang in Genoa? I'm guessing the drug runners were sampling their product a bit too often.

Things pick up further when a dog outsmarts Boris and finds the kid, some double crosses are thrown in for good measure and there's even a very slow car chase. Not bad for an ancient Euro crime film, could have done with a funky soundtrack and Massimo Vanni though.

Capri doesn't appear to have changed in the slightest in the time between this film being made and me visiting there in 2001. Even Boris Karloff was still there!


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