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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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70mm blow-up version released in Spain.See more »


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DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (1971) **1/2, 13 October 2004
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Yesterday I watched a couple of giallos by Luciano Ercoli and starring Nieves Navarro (billed as Susan Scott) and Simon Andreu (of THE BLOOD-SPATTERED BRIDE [1972]) - DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS (1971) and DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT (1972). I was pleasantly surprised by the former but hugely disappointed by the latter; anyway, here's my take on both films.

I haven't seen that many giallos outside of the works of Mario Bava and Dario Argento, whose emphasis is more on camera trickery and in finding new ways of presenting the gore, so DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS' erotically-charged narrative came as a bit of a surprise – though I obviously wasn't at all sorry about this! For this reason, the film reminded me of Lucio Fulci's ONE ON TOP OF THE OTHER (1969) though it never quite reaches the levels that film managed to attain.

Despite a rather slow pace, DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS' convoluted narrative is reasonably gripping and offers a number of believable and surprising plot twists along the way (not least of all the death of the leading lady midway through the picture). Besides, we get quite a bevy of interesting characters here that is sure to keep tedium at bay: the three main roles are nicely filled by Frank Wolff, Navarro (in more ways than one!) and Andreu; the jealous wife who meets a sticky end; the bumbling yet dogged police inspector and his aide; Georges Rigaud as an ageing peeping-tom; the suspicious-looking manservant harboring an irrelevant (except as a reference to the title) guilty secret; and the blind man/accomplice who may know more than he is ready to admit.

The film is pretty violent too, if not in a sensationalistic way, but this is very sensibly counterpointed by a healthy dose of (mostly verbal) humor. Another interesting aspect of the film is its effective contrasting of the two main 'locations' – the hectic Parisian nightlife of the first half against the quiet English country-side of the second (though this section was actually filmed in Spain!). And that's not forgetting Stelvio Cipriani's score who comes up with a typically impressive giallo soundtrack that is a major plus to this particular production!

In any case, I'm interested in catching up with more obscure giallos now and, as such, I especially regret having missed out on Sergio Pastore's SETTE SCIALLI DI SETA GIALLA aka CRIMES OF THE BLACK CAT (1972) just a couple of days ago! I also look forward to Blue Underground's 'Giallo Collection Vol. 2' Box Set which, incidentally, should include Luciano Ercoli's FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY UNDER SUSPICION (1970).

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