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One on Top of the Other (1969)
"Una sull'altra" (original title)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  April 1973 (USA)
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An insurance scam lands a man on death row for murdering his wife. What everyone doesn't know is she really isn't dead.

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Cast overview:
Jean Sorel ...
Dr. George Dumurrier
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Susan Dumurrier / Monica Weston
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Jane
Alberto de Mendoza ...
Henry Dumurrier
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Inspector Wald
Riccardo Cucciolla ...
Benjamin Wormser
Bill Vanders ...
Insurance Agent (as Bill Wanders)
Franco Balducci ...
Officer Loveday
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Brent (as John Douglas)
Félix Dafauce ...
Royal Insurance Official #1 (as Felix de Fauce)
Jesús Puente ...
Sergeant Rodriguez (as Jesus Puente)
George Rigaud ...
Arthur Mitchell
Jean Sobieski ...
Larry
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Marta
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Storyline

The wife of a doctor (Jean Sorel) is murdered. He had a mistress a long ago, since his wife (Marisa Mell) always begged herself out of engagements because she is a asthmatic. On the other hand, she enjoyed a part time job as a stripper. Did the doctor kill her? Written by Lukas Fichtinger <liderc@gmx.at>

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April 1973 (USA)  »

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Perversion Story  »

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ESP 25,731,770 (Spain)
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At c. 92 minutes the doctor/medical employee does not hear a heartbeat. The soundtrack has completely the wrong rhythm. See more »

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Fantastic pre-giallo from The godfather of gore
28 June 2004 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Una sull'altra, which is more likely better known as One on the top the other is hard movie to categorize to a single genre. It has as much erotic and exploitative elements as it has elements from pre-giallos like Mario Bava's excellent Blood and black lace and his older work, Girl who knew too much. It isn't as psychedelic as Fulci's other giallos like Lizard in a woman's skin or as tense as his Don't torture a duckling or Sette notes in nero. Una sull'altra doesn't contain any gore or splatter either. Still, however, I found it very entertaining and I would even say it's one of the best non-gore movies from Fulci I've seen (and trust me on this one, I've seen lots of them too).

Movie follows a basic giallo structure, even though it was made in the same year with "the first actual giallo", Dario Argento's fabulous L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo, and in the way that it doesn't rip-off that movie as many other giallos does. That's why I cannot really say honestly that I found this one to be real giallo, but more like pre-giallo.

What comes to the plot of the movie, it's not really as simple as it might seem, but has many twists and misleads when police are trying to find out how the things really are (who is lying, who is telling the truth). Really nice twists and turns, I couldn't tell at the whole time how did what (and what comes to that matter, even who was who). Ending was really nicely surprising too, I really enjoyed it.

So, if you are bored with Fulci's not as good non-gore movies or if you just want a quick peak to the fantastic world of pre-giallos, One on top of other is highly recommended. At the scale of 1 to 10, I would give it 9, this movie really deserves it.


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