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The Crimes of the Black Cat (1972)
"Sette scialli di seta gialla" (original title)

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A blind pianist tries to figure out who is responsible for a string of murders using a black cat with its caws dipped in curare.

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Anthony Steffen ...
Peter Oliver
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Françoise Ballais
Giovanna Lenzi ...
Susan Leclerc (as Jeannette Len)
Renato De Carmine ...
Inspector Jansen
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Victor Morgan
Umberto Raho ...
Burton
Annabella Incontrera ...
Helga Schurn
Romano Malaspina ...
Harry
Isabelle Marchall ...
Imelde Marani ...
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Liliana Pavlo ...
Wendy Marshall
Lorenzo Piani ...
Waiter in Hamburg (credit only)
Irio Fantini ...
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Shirley Corrigan ...
Margot Thornhill
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A mysterious killer is murdering fashion models by using a black cat whose claws are dipped in curare. A composer, whose girlfriend was the first one to be killed, overhears a conversation by someone he believes may be the killer, but there's one complication--the composer is blind and couldn't see the suspected murderer. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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12 August 1972 (Italy)  »

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Seven Shawls of Yellow Silk  »

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Typical but well-made giallo
28 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

De Sica's below-average score notwithstanding (and they do count a lot in these movies, don't they?) this is a satisfying giallo with all the key elements included and none of them bungled. Granted, a lot of those key elements are ripped right from other movies, and the direct influence of Psycho, Black Belly of the Tarantula, Blood and Black Lace, Lizard in a Woman's Skin and most of all Cat O'Nine Tails doesn't win it points for creativity, but it's all handled as though it were the first film ever made so you don't really mind. The plot, with its typically and gloriously dumb motive for the killings (in this case a car crash in the past, as was the case with Seven Orchids Stained in Blood) moves along at a fair pace, and making the hero blind gives him a sympathetic attraction most giallo heroes lack. It's not as good as any of the films from which it's descended but nevertheless a solid entry in the genre.




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