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My Dear Killer (1972)
"Mio caro assassino" (original title)

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A mysterious decapitation leads Inspector Peretti into a case of blackmail, deceit and the unsolved kidnapping of a young girl.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hilton ...
Inspector Luca Peretti
Salvo Randone ...
Chief Marò
William Berger ...
Giorgio Canavese
Marilù Tolo ...
Dr. Anna Borgese
Manuel Zarzo ...
Brigadier Bozzi (as Manolo Zarzo)
Patty Shepard ...
Paola Rossi, the teacher
Piero Lulli ...
Alessandro Moroni
Helga Liné ...
Mrs. Paradisi
Tullio Valli ...
Oliviero Moroni
Dante Maggio ...
Mattia Guardapelle
Dana Ghia ...
Eleonora Moroni
Alfredo Mayo ...
Beniamino
Mónica Randall ...
Carla Moroni
Corrado Gaipa ...
Head of Insurance Company
Lara Wendel ...
Stefania Moroni (as Daniela Rachele Barnes)
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Following a mysterious decapitation (via mechanical digger) of an insurance investigator, Police Inspector Peretti is put onto the case. Slowly more people are found dead... a man supposedly commits suicide, a women is strangled, another attacked in her flat... but all the clues lead to an unsolved case of kidnapping and murder. Can Peretti find the murderer, if his major clue is a little girls drawing??? Written by Andrew Lines <peter_lines@lineone.net>

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High Point for the Giallo Genre
4 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Director Tonino Valerii is best known in the USA for the spaghetti western "My Name is Nobody," but "My Dear Killer" is no less an excellent example of the giallo genre than "Nobody" was to its own. The plot revolves around a series of murders committed by an unknown assailant intent on keeping the deaths of a small child and her father unsolved. As is the case with most gialli, there's a detective one step behind the murderer, a lush and creepy music score (this time by Morricone), a houseful of suspects, creative and illogical murders, and a downbeat and melancholy plot. What elevates this one above all the others made in that banner year for the genre (1971), though, is the detail given to the script and production. The characters are all fully formed and functional to the story, which itself is well thought-out and clever. The resolution is well-handled, and even if the killer's identity is impossible to guess beforehand, the means in which he (or she) is finally discovered will make you smile. Add to this one of the saddest musical-score main themes in movie history, featuring a woman's voice singing a haunting child's melody, and you have a giallo that fans of the genre should definitely not miss.


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