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19 November 1971 (Italy) See more »
A famed jewel thief named Rochard is slashed to death on a train. His daughter Nicole, a famous nightclub performer in Paris... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Frank Wolff ... Dr. Robert Matthews
Nieves Navarro ... Nicole Rochard (as Susan Scott)
Simón Andreu ... Michel Aumont (as Simon Andreu)
Carlo Gentili ... Inspector Baxter
George Rigaud ... Captain Lenny
José Manuel Martín ... Smith (as J. Manuel Martin)
Fabrizio Moresco ... Bergson
Luciano Rossi ... Hallory
Claudie Lange ... Vanessa Matthews
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Osvaldo Genazzani ... Jack (uncredited)
Manuel Muñiz ... Philip (uncredited)
Rachela Pamenti ... Peggy (uncredited)

Directed by
Luciano Ercoli 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernesto Gastaldi  screenplay
Ernesto Gastaldi  story
Mahnahén Velasco  screenplay (as May Velasco)
Mahnahén Velasco  story (as May Velasco)
Dino Verde 

Produced by
Luciano Ercoli .... producer
Alberto Pugliese .... producer
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
Cinematography by
Fernando Arribas 
Film Editing by
Angelo Curi 
Art Direction by
Osanna Guardini 
Set Decoration by
Juan Alberto Soler  (as Juan Alberto)
Costume Design by
Osanna Guardini 
Makeup Department
Franco Di Girolamo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Antonio Negri .... production manager
Giuliano Principato .... unit production manager
Isidre Prous .... unit production manager (as Isidro Prous)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mahnahén Velasco .... assistant director (as May Velasco)
Art Department
Giuseppe Scalisi .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Raffaele Benedetti .... sound recordist
Amedeo Casati .... sound
Romano Pampaloni .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Antonio Molina .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Alessandro D'Eva .... director of photography: second unit
Juan Prous .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Maria Pia Appetito .... assistant editor
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Nora Orlandi .... vocal soloist
Other crew
María Teresa Font .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"La morte cammina con i tacchi alti" - Italy (original title)
"Death Stalks on High Heels" - Hong Kong (English title) (première title)
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Italy:105 min | Spain:98 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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70mm blow-up version released in Spain.See more »


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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Death Walks With High Heels, In Complex And Delightfully Creepy Giallo-Universe, 23 December 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

"La Morte Cammina Con I Tracci Alti" aka "Death Walks With High Heels" was my first venture into the world of Luciano Ercoli, and I have to say that this gripping 1971 film is a terrific example of Horror's finest sub-genre, the wonderful Giallo. I have not yet seen Ercoli's directorial debut film, "Forbidden Photos Of A Lady Above Suspicion" ("Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene", 1970), but if it is anywhere near as good as this film, I am more than looking forward to it. "Death Walks On High Heels" is an intelligently scripted and excellently executed Giallo that focuses on the mystery elements of the sub-genre, more than on the Horror elements. And what a mystery it is! Nicole (Nieves Navarro), a sexy Paris exotic dancer and daughter of an infamous Jewel thief, is being threatened with murder by an unrecognizably masked assailant. In order to save her own life, Nicole goes to England with Robert Matthews (Frank Wolff), a rich doctor who has fallen for her. But the danger does not cease to exist across the pond... I do not want to give away any of the marvelous plot twists in this gem, which is why my plot description is only quite vague. What I can say, however, is that this is an excellent specimen of the Italian Giallo, which all the desirable trademark ingredients. Stunning suspense and genuine creepiness are present from the first minute, all coming along with an excellent score and on beautiful settings. The film is not very gory, especially not by Giallo-standards, but it includes more than one moment of delightful sleaze. Sexy Nieves Navarro was a delight to cult-cinema fans in several genres, most frequently in Spaghetti Westerns and in Gialli, and she is once again great here. This is the third-to-last film starring the great Frank Wolff, the last ones being the brilliant "Milano Calibro 9", which ranks among the greatest crime flicks ever made, and a presumably trashy film called "When The Women Lost Their Tails". Wolff, an American, who had become one of the greatest regulars in Italian genre cinema after starring in Spaghetti Westerns including such masterpieces as "Once Upon A Time In The West" and "The Great Silence", sadly committed suicide in 1971 - a great loss for Italian cinema. This is one of the many films that prove what a great actor he was. Simon Andreu is also good in the role of Nicole's Parisian macho boyfriend. The supporting cast includes many familiar faces for fans of Italian cinema, such as the weird-looking Luciano Rossi and George Rigaud. All said, "Death Walks With High Heels" is a terrific Giallo that comes with my highest recommendations. A must-see for all suspense-fans!

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