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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.

Director:

Roberto Bianchi Montero (as Roberto Montero)

Writers:

Roberto Bianchi Montero (as Roberto Montero), Carlo Lombardo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Don Gaetano
Franca Marzi Franca Marzi ... Gloria D'Auro (as Frana Marzi)
Renato Vicario Renato Vicario ... Ten. Mario Andreani
Patrizia Remiddi Patrizia Remiddi ... Fiorella Andreani (as Patricia Remiddi)
Jole Fierro Jole Fierro ... Giulia
Carlo Duse Carlo Duse ... Foster
Germana Paolieri ... Adalgisa
Giuseppe Chinnici Giuseppe Chinnici ... Maresciallo Antonio Carcani
Giulio Battiferri Giulio Battiferri ... Il rapitore
Domenico De Nimmo Domenico De Nimmo ... Uomo di Pozzuoli
Clara Gamberini Clara Gamberini ... La contessa
Salvatore Scibetta Salvatore Scibetta ... Col. Della Finanza
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Direttore 'Sirena'
Gianni Breschi Gianni Breschi
Bruna Camerini 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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Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Island Monster See more »

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Production Co:

Romana Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Boris the benefactor
29 June 2012 | by Chase_WitherspoonSee all my reviews

Boris Karloff and the title "Island Monster" does not a horror movie make, as is evidenced in this tepid crime-drama concerning a government investigator sent to break a drug ring, until things go awry when his young daughter is kidnapped. Local benefactor (Karloff) seems a kindly old gentleman, whose hospice for ill children paints him as the town's saint, but there's something distinctly unsavoury about the milk he imports.

Karloff is wasted as the benevolent Samaritan above suspicion while local mule Franca Marzi has a decent role as a nightclub singer whose drug addiction has brought her into the criminal arena, with a sad past and an opportunity for atonement ahead. Fierro is okay as the frantic mother whose child is abducted, and Vicario, playing essentially the leading man, a debonair, ladies' man loyal to the uniform, is consistently monotone.

The Napoli locations are picturesque and there's a hint of the continental lifestyle that's hard to ignore, but the film is otherwise bland and unimaginative, lacking suspense, and hopelessly clichéd - right down to the faithful mutt who does a pretty good substitute for Lassie.


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