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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)
Mimo Billi ...
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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Two Great Stars in a New Picture-Of Love and Suspense!

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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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Clichéd but stylish and charming
26 July 2006 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

In this American-abroad-in-peril the quite breathtakingly beautiful Shirley Jones plays a young secretary who arrives in Italy with Britton insurance agent George Sanders (noless!) to evaluate the stunning estate of Count Paolo Barbarelli (played with merit but without real imagination by Rossano Brazzi). She soon finds herself more interested in the clichéd aristocrat charms of the Count than in his art collection. However all is not as it seems, and sneaking around the house is the Counts eerie daughter, allegedly traumatized after the death of her mother in an accident a few years back. Questions mount and plot thickens as Shirley pursues a friendship with the girl, and roams around the big estate where a mystery seems hidden within the architecture it self. All in all this is an entertaining romp for those with a taste for stylish Hitchcockian thrillers of the 60's, and what it lacks in originality it makes up for in the charm of the cast, good paced direction and lavish imagery.


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