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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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George Hilton is several steps behind an elusive kidnap-murderer
21 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"My Dear Killer", as a good murder mystery, kept me wondering who the killer was, right up until the end. This was done, not by developing a host of characters all of whom might have been the kidnap-murderer, but by concealment. We and detective Hilton were in the dark, many times literally, about what was going on and why, We were not given many clues, but we were given some, enough to know that it was a man, quite likely bald-headed. But there were several such subjects in the film. The murderer's identity was also concealed in each killing, which were on the slasher side, except for the first which involved decapitation by the shovel of a large piece of earth-moving equipment.

The music score was eerie. The photography was rich. The color hues were rich.

Hilton had good charisma and held the movie together at all times. It was easy to identify with him, and his rocky relationship with his girl friend was realistic. So was his slowness to grasp some clues. This is how things usually are for most of us. It takes us time to grasp what's happening at the time, even though later it seems obvious.

Were it not for Hilton, the story itself, the overall production values, and the music, I'd give this a 6 because most of the characters didn't stand out, as to how they were either written or acted. As in some spaghetti westerns, they sometimes simply are weird or offbeat. The IMDb rating of 6.4 is about right, which means it's a pretty good movie. I did like it and its complexity.

I watched a well-dubbed version in widescreen.


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