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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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A Husband, A Wife, A Girlfriend, And All the Emotions Between See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

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April 1973 (USA)  »

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Perversion Story  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 25,731,770 (Spain)
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1.85 : 1
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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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Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007) See more »

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Fulci's best-ever 'pensioners in titty bar' movie
5 March 2010 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Pretty decent stab at an erotic thriller from the Goremeister General. It's all the things you would want: stylish, sexy, and gripping. It's also crisply shot and has an excellent Riz Ortolani score. Again, the dubbing is pretty ropey but if, by this point, you're seeking out some of Fulci's lesser-known works then it's safe to assume you've made your peace with this constant problem.

Marissa Mell is great as the femme fatale and Elsa Martinelli is cool and chic as the devoted mistress who, despite herself, can't stop believing in her man. In fact, the female performances are much stronger than the men, probably because Jean Sorel doesn't have much to do except wander around with his shirt off, looking bewildered.

Great photography of San Francisco, looking as good - if not better - than in BULLITT. There's also a fine cameo from Jean Sobieski, for connoisseurs of louche photographers in movies.

The only real problem is that the film isn't quite gripping enough. The premise is set up well in the first half hour or so, and the suspense and mystery sustained during the kinky interludes in the middle, but all is revealed through a clumsy expository scene with about 20 minutes remaining and after that it runs out of steam.

Well worth a look though.

6/10


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