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The Black Devil (1957)
"Il diavolo nero" (original title)

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Duke Ubaldo of (fictitious) Roccamontana wants to overpower neighboring Italian states by concluding an alliance with the mighty Spaniards. The barons of his council are frightened or ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Gérard Landry ...
Osvaldo de Marzi
Milly Vitale ...
Nadia Gray ...
Duchessa Lucrezia
Maurizio Arena ...
Andrea Aureli ...
Lorenzo di Roccabruna
Giulio Battiferri
Nino Crisman ...
Don Pedro
Ughetto Bertucci
Mariangela Giordano
Enrico Olivieri
Giorgio Ubaldi
Renato Montalbano
Gino Scotti


Duke Ubaldo of (fictitious) Roccamontana wants to overpower neighboring Italian states by concluding an alliance with the mighty Spaniards. The barons of his council are frightened or bribed to agree, except two. The old count of Archidosso is killed, his daughter Laura told her hand was promised to the duke. The other, count Riccardo d'Argentari, is beaten up and thrown in the river, presumed dead. But friends save him, so he can become the masked 'black captain' of a rebellion movement. Ubaldo's equally ruthless mistress, donna Violenta, is courteously kidnapped while bringing a message to the Spanish commander, don Diego Espinosa, which the rebels manage to substitute. She maintains an earlier pretense to be on Riccardo's side. When that fails, the tyrant couple kidnaps and tortures Laura. Written by KGF Vissers

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29 March 1957 (Italy)  »

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Low-budget costume adventure.
10 December 2003 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This was one of a handful of films director Sergio Grieco made with producer Ottavio Poggi. Gerard Landry plays the masked hero, who wreaks devastation throughout Roccabruna, after a tyrant, Manfred (played by Andrea Aureli), has deposed and murdered the lawful duke. An incredibly low-budget film, this, however, has its appeal. It also features the lovely Leonora Ruffo in one of her nicest (although most obscure) roles, and ushers in some good performances by Maurizio Arena, Nadia Gray, and Milly Vitale. Giulio Battiferri also shows up, as does an uncredited Gino Scotti, who plays Manfred's deposed brother. Towards the end of the film, it is clear that Landry is running on low batteries, as he lets Arena take the spotlight, while together the two work to defeat the machinations of Manfred. The English version of this film is poorly dubbed, and any original Italian version is nowhere in sight. It displays many trademarks of the Italian adventure film, including the token buffoon (in this case played by Ughetto Bertucci), and the usual damsel-in-distress themes.

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