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Release Date:
16 June 1972 (Italy) See more »
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Not entirely uninteresting, but not very good either See more (14 total) »


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Anita Ekberg ... Madame Colette
Rosalba Neri ... Marianne
Evelyne Kraft ... Eleonora (as Evelyn Kraft)
Howard Vernon ... Professor Waldemar
Pietro Martellanza ... Antoine Gottvalles (as Peter Martell)

Barbara Bouchet ... Francine
Robert Sacchi ... Inspector Fontaine
Eva Astor ... Florence

Renato Romano ... Mr. Randall
Rolf Eden ... Pepi
Piera Viotti ... Tina
William Alexander ... George
Ada Pometti ... Doris the Maid
Alessandro Perrella ... Doris' Lover
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flavia Keyt ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Mike Monty ... Detective (uncredited)
Xiro Papas ... Thug in Bar (uncredited)
Riccardo Petrazzi ... Other Man Repairung a Van (uncredited)
Dick Randall ... Mr. Hassan (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Man Repairing a Van (uncredited)

Directed by
Ferdinando Merighi  (as F.L. Morris)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paolo Daniele  story
Marius Mattei 
Ferdinando Merighi 
Dick Randall  (as Robert Oliver)

Produced by
Marius Mattei .... producer
Dick Randall .... producer
Original Music by
Bruno Nicolai 
Cinematography by
Mario Mancini 
Gunter Otto 
Film Editing by
Bruno Mattei 
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Paolo D'Ottavi .... assistant camera
Antonio Serafini .... still photographer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Casa d'appuntamento" - Italy (original title)
"French Sex Murders" - USA (DVD title)
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West Germany:83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
France:-16 | Germany:18 | Norway:(Banned) (video version) (1986) | UK:18 | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Italian censorship visa # 60412 delivered on 26-5-1972.See more »


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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not entirely uninteresting, but not very good either, 15 July 2006
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

Although this is definitely one of your lamer Italian gialli, like all gialli it has some points of interest. It has two different chase scenes involving the Eiffel Tower, just so you know (if the title doesn't clue you in) that it's set in Paris. It has an ironic scene where a condemned murderer is decapitated while fleeing police on a motorcycle. It has a strange scene where the police then turn over the disembodied head to a mad scientist, played by Jess Franco regular Howard Vernon, for him to conduct vague "experiments" on. And perhaps strangest of all it has a lead detective who is played by a Humphrey Bogart impersonator, which no one in the movie remarks on, but will have everyone at home scratching their head.

The plot involves the murder of a prostitute in a Paris brothel (run by early 60's sex symbol Anita Ekberg). It's blamed on a jealous client, but the lead detective ("Bogey")suspects otherwise. And when the murders continue after the suspect's ironic-if-he-were-actually-guilty demise, his suspicions are confirmed. The movie has all the standard giallo elements but it's directed without much flair. There's a lot of sex and female nudity (perhaps too much), but it doesn't involve the "name" actresses for the most part who are pretty much wasted in general. Barbara Bouchet is good as a bitchy prostitute but she is murdered before she can even strip out of her sexy red lingerie. Rosalba Neri has a brief nude scene but also a completely throwaway part as the condemned man's ex-wife. And Anita Ekberg, looking middle-aged and none to svelte, also has pretty phoned-in role that pales not just to her early sexy roles, but to the over-the-top trashy stuff she'd do later in movies like "Killer Nun".

Howard Vernon is about as good as he usually is in Franco movies, and as for the Bogart impersonator--well, nobody ever saw him again after this movie. I would definitely not recommend buying an overpriced DVD of this disappointing movie, but it might not be a total waste of 90 minutes of your life, especially if you're kind of a giallo completist like I am.

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