The Smugglers (1968)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  24 December 1968 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Mrs. Hudson
Rico Cattani ...
Sergeant Rossi
Edward Colmans ...
Italian Hotel Clerk
Charles Drake ...
Harry Miller
Inspector Cesare Brunelli
Gino Gottarelli ...
John Indrisano ...
Freight Agent
Willi Raben
Jo Hudson
Ralph Manza ...
David Opatoshu ...
Alfredo Faggio
Antoine Cirret
Albert Szabo ...


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Bad accents, poor sets, and clumsy direction help to derail dark-hued comedy-drama...
28 June 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Poorly written and directed TV-movie from Universal has blissfully naïve American tourist Shirley Booth agreeing to 'smuggle' a religious statue over the Italian border from Austria for a charming man she's befriended at the inn; incredulous step-daughter Carol Lynley fears the mysterious crate contains drugs, while French detective Donnelly Rhodes suspects contraband arms. Mixture of lighthearted folly and macabre elements really needed a graceful, nimble touch to come off, yet this thing is far too heavy and flat to be much fun. Michael J. Pollard turns up as an Italian half-wit with a homicidal streak; his accent seems picked up from a local Italian restaurant--and he's nothing compared to Rhodes' quasi-Frenchman (with wiggly eyebrows!). Intended, I'm sure, to be a pleasant whiff of an entertainment designed as a showcase for Booth's joie de vivre (which is reminiscent of Thelma Ritter's in her later period). Shirley is indeed colorful and hammy, but this below-average script plays like a failed TV pilot (and one chock full of European stereotypes). The darker, meaner overtures are interesting, but do not work in this la-di-da context, while Lynley passes the time rolling her eyes and making exaggerated faces. "The Smugglers" is harmless after all, which may be one reason why it has all but been forgotten.

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