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Dark Purpose (1964)

L'intrigo (original title)
Approved | | Mystery | 3 April 1964 (Italy)
Shirley Jones plays an innocent young American abroad (Italy, specifically), assistant to the cynically sarcastic art historian Sanders. She becomes romantically involved with Sanders' ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Karen Williams
Count Paolo Barbarelli
Raymond Fontaine
Cora Barbarelli
Monique Bouvier
Emma Baron ...
Mathilda Calnan ...
Mrs. Thompson (as Matilda Calman)
Mimo Billi ...
Fanfulla ...
Florist (as Luigi Visconti)
Antonio Piretti
Charles Fawcett ...


Shirley Jones plays an innocent young American abroad (Italy, specifically), assistant to the cynically sarcastic art historian Sanders. She becomes romantically involved with Sanders' current employer, the always charming Brazzi, unaware that he has a dark family secret. Written by Reader 4

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Release Date:

3 April 1964 (Italy)  »

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1.85 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 42276 delivered on 12-2-1964. See more »


Referenced in Vente a ligar al Oeste (1972) See more »


Music by Paul Baron
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Shirley Jones deserved better
31 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Turner Classic Movies is broadcasting this bizarrely loopy international production as "Dark Purpose." It is full of secret passages, loonies in the attic, marital deceptions, fits of hysteria and mysterious deaths -- plus some slavering dogs. The TCM print is gorgeous-looking, but, alas, the soundtrack is horrendous, rendering a good half of the film unintelligible. Wonderful locales and interiors, but abysmally ham-fisted direction by George Marshall and Vittorio Sala. Doris Hume Kilburn wrote the novel that has lifted elements of women in domestic peril from most of the genre from "Jane Eyre" through "Midnight Lace." A very nice performance by Shirley Jones is sadly undone by an over-the-top George Sanders, a poorly scripted Giorgia Moll and a lazy Rossano Brazzi.

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