Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and ...
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Ex-gangster Fernand (Lino Ventura) receives a call from a dying friend, a mob boss nicknamed "The Mexican". The doomed mobster talks Fernand into taking care of some criminal business and looking after his soon-to-be-married daughter. When a longtime mobster heavy, Volfoni takes exception to Fernand for being an outsider, they come after Fernand who is equal to the task. He defends himself in a series of comical killings from the onslaught of the mob. Written by
Lino Ventura coping with a niece, her dizzy beau and a bevy of gangsters taking pot shots at him
If the dialogue in French is the highlight of this movie, I am in no position to judge that. I can only say how it comes across as a comedy within the crime genre with English subtitles.
It's a spoof. It's a sixties style spoof but in nice black and white. It's an early spoof, so it was actually ahead of its time by about 5 years.
Lino's gangster friend dies and leaves him his daughter to be looked after and his gangster businesses run by the likes of Bernard Blier. All the acting is quite good and pretty much underplayed. But it doesn't come off. In scene after scene, it doesn't come off. It didn't make me laugh. They were doing the right things, which is pretty much to mug and/or play it straight in situations mixing the gangsters with the young people surrounding the daughter. But it just wasn't funny. If I heard the repartee in French and understood it, perhaps it would be different.
I can judge by the situations themselves and the body language. Based on that, I still didn't find this funny. If it had mixed suspense and danger in a funny fashion like a good Bob Hope movie that often did that, I think I would know. Not that either. To me it's a misfire or a curiosity.
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