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19 November 1971 (Italy) See more »
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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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Cast

  (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
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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70mm blow-up version released in Spain.See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
death walks and stalks dressed like ....?!?!, 2 September 2007
Author: andrabem from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

"La Morte cammina con i tacchi alti" (Death walks on high heels) features another of the giallo goddesses: Susan Scott (aka Nieves Navarro).

Like many giallos, this is a sensuous film. It's not fast paced as today's movies, where car chases, bombs exploding, bullets flying taking toll etc.. succeed each other non-stop.

But "La Morte cammina con i tacchi alti" is a thriller alright - right from the beginning we see a murder on a train. A black-hooded killer (dressed in black) kills a patch-eyed man. He searches the victims's cabin, but he doesn't find what he was looking for.

There was a big robbery. A safe was cracked and valuable jewels were stolen. The man killed in his cabin was thought to be in possession of the jewels. Cut.

Paris. Nicole Rochard (Susan Scott) is the daughter of the man that was killed in the train. She is a dancer and strip-teaser. Now the killer will go after her. He wants to know where are the jewels, but Nicole doesn't (?) know. She will flee to England (first to London and then to a small village on the English coast), but death is following her. Needless to say, killings will happen and the Scotland Yard will step in. I've tried not to give away much of the story so as not to spoil your fun.

The Italian cinema had at the time very good technicians. The soundtrack, lighting effects, costumes and decor etc.., were taken care by masters of the craft. For many giallo films, even if they had average directors, the atmosphere and charm were created by the combined effort of the film crew. Just check out "La Dama Rossa uccide sette volte" to see what I'm meaning.

Susan Scott (like other giallo goddesses) is a perfect damsel in distress. Whatever she does (no matter what, as another reviewer pointed out), is arousing, be it dancing, bulging her eyes in fear, painting her nails etc.. The other actors do a good job as well - Simon Andreu as Michel, Nicole's Parisian boyfriend soon to follow her to England; Frank Wolff, as the classy Dr. Robert Matthews, with whom Nicole elopes to England; Carlo Gentile and Fabrizio Moresco, as inspector Baxter and his faithful assistant Bergson; the beautiful Claude Lange, as Vanessa..., and last but not least, the actors playing the local villagers - the people of the pub; Luciano Rossi, as the sinister Hallory; the strange street fish seller; the wandering and curious Captain Lenny (George Rigaud)..... Scenery and actors work in perfect harmony.

"La Morte cammina con i tacchi alti" is an entertaining and sensual thriller, but if you only like non-stop "bang bang sock boom crash" , then avoid this film.

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