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1957 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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DVD Releases: Wizard of Box Sets
 (From Dread Central. 18 August 2008, 1:13 AM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Boris Karloff ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Direttore 'Sirena'
Gianni Breschi
Bruna Camerini
Alberto D'Amario ... Morozzi
Angelo Dessy ... Un contrabandiere
Kitty Vinciguerra

Directed by
Roberto Bianchi Montero  (as Roberto Montero)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roberto Bianchi Montero  (as Roberto Montero)
Carlo Lombardo  story
Alberto Vecchietti 

Produced by
Fortunato Misiano .... executive producer (as Franco Misiano)
 
Original Music by
Carlo Innocenzi  (as Mo. Carlo Innocenzi)
 
Cinematography by
Augusto Tiezzi 
 
Film Editing by
Jolanda Benvenuti 
 
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"The Island Monster" - USA (TV title)
"The Monster of the Island" - USA (TV title)
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USA:87 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Boris the benefactor, 29 June 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia

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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