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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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Karen Williams
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Count Paolo Barbarelli
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Raymond Fontaine
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Cora Barbarelli
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Monique Bouvier
Emma Baron ...
Gregoria
Mathilda Calnan ...
Mrs. Thompson (as Matilda Calman)
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Marshal
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Florist (as Luigi Visconti)
Antonio Piretti
Charles Fawcett ...
Martin
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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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Italian censorship visa # 42276 delivered on 12-2-1964. See more »

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

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Ravello
Music by Paul Baron
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It may be "Hitchcock Lite" but a giallo? Not quite...
1 December 2016 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

Art expert Ray Fontaine (George Sanders) and his assistant Karen Williams (Shirley Jones) travel to the Amalfi villa of Count Paolo Barbarelli (Rossano Brazzi) to appraise his collection and the unworldly Karen soon begins to fall for the suave Count's Continental charm. Unfortunately for their budding romance, Paolo's got a jealous mistress who doesn't want to be discarded and a crazy daughter who insists she's his wife. Obviously someone's lying about something but for what dark purpose?

Troy Haworth's new book on the Italian giallo, SO DEADLY SO PERVERSE, contains an entry for this film but Adrian Luther Smith's "giallo bible", BLOOD & BLACK LACE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO Italian SEX AND HORROR MOVIES, doesn't so is it or isn't it? Well, like Mario Bava's THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, it's got an American abroad free-falling into a vortex of mystery, intrigue, and murder but that alone shouldn't be its only qualification. If it were, then why isn't Doris Day's MIDNIGHT LACE or Jean Seberg's MOMENT TO MOMENT considered gialli as well since they also use European locations as a scenic backdrop for a "Hitchcock Lite" mystery from an American director using actors just past the cusp of their Hollywood stardom. As entertainment, DARK PURPOSE is the weakest of the three and capitalizes on Rossano Brazzi's SUMMERTIME romancing of tourist Katharine Hepburn but with completely different results this time out.

Despite an Oscar, Shirley Jones isn't much of an actress but handles her "lady in peril" role as well as can be expected and George Sanders has little to do besides wander around the villa dispensing caustic comments. Sophisticated Micheline Presle is also on hand but doesn't have a whole heck of a lot of screen time, either. 6/10 ...and giallo geeks beware.


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