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1957 (USA) See more »
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
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Cheap and cheesy--not worth watching even though it is a Boris Karloff film See more (13 total) »


  (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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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USA:Approved (certificate number not listed)


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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Cheap and cheesy--not worth watching even though it is a Boris Karloff film, 9 October 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In the mid to late 1950s, many international actors starred in Italian films that were dubbed--so it didn't matter that actors like Anthony Quinn, Richard Basehart, Broderick Crawford or Boris Karloff didn't speak the language. However, it is very odd to see these films in English because when they are re-dubbed the original English speaker's voice is usually replaced with some voice actor. Here, despite seeing Boris Karloff, you instead hear a voice coming out of him that just doesn't sound like him--it's close but just doesn't sound like him--probably because often the voice and lips are out of sync. I can get used to this, but really wished they'd just subtitled the movie instead. But what I can't understand is when they use horrible voice actors for many of the other voices--ones that sounded bizarre. In this film, at times, it seemed like random people off the street did the voice-overs--especially since some could barely read their lines and the voice of Mario's child is absolutely horrid!! This child who appears about four has a voice that sounds like it comes from a teenager--talk about weird! Now in the case of the first three actors listed above, they appeared in some amazing Fellini movies. Unfortunately for Mr. Karloff, this was definitely NOT a Fellini movie--not even a Murry Fellini film! Instead, it's a very low-budget movie about cops and the mob--exactly the type of film in which you'd never expect to find Karloff. Sadly, in addition to the extremely lousy voice acting, the film has a rather annoying musical score (though the film is unusual in that there is very little incidental music), cheap sets and a rather thin plot.

While old Boris gets top billing, he really isn't the star of this dull suspense film and he is largely wasted. Instead, the main character is Mario--an undercover cop who's trying to infiltrate the mob. Unfortunately, Mario's wife is an idiot and she arrives in time to help spoil her hubby's cover--perhaps she liked the idea of mobsters bumping off her spouse, but I just think she was supposed to be a moron. Regardless if the wife was or wasn't the one to tip them off, the mob seems to know right away who he is and so they dispatch a sweet Italian dish to seduce the fellow. When the wife discovers this "other woman", the marriage is in trouble. And, to make things worse AND to ensure their wicked plans work, they also kidnap Mario's child.

The rest is rather uninspired and dull--certainly NOT one of Boris Karloff's brighter moments on film. Despite this being a very poor production and a waste of time, one reviewer actually gave it a score of 10!! Considering all the problems with the film and an IMDb score lower than 3, you should just assume that one really high score was made by a maniac!

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