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16 June 1972 (Italy) See more »
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Mid-grade Italian giallo.. 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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The sleazy American writer is named "Mr. Randall" in honor of the film's producer Dick Randall.See more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Mid-grade Italian giallo.., 8 May 2004
Author: copycat1025 from U.S.A.

Here's an interesting film to watch on those late nights when you can't find anything else, and you're in the mood for that old misogynistic sleaze that used to mark Italian films of the early 70's. The plot is a bit convoluted, but here goes.

When Francine (Bouchet), a prostitute, is knocked off, the main suspect, a guy named Gavalles, is sought by the police. He was one of the regular clients of the whorehouse where Francine worked, but he seeks refuge from the law, as he claims he didn't commit the crime. However, during a chase, he is decapited as his motor-bike collides into the back of a tractor-trailer.

The police think that's the end of the murderer, but soon another prostitute is killed. Inspector Fontaine is put on the case, and as he begins probing around, he finds several suspicious individuals who knew the deceased women. One of these suspects is a journalist; another is a famous doctor named Waldemar; another is a criminal magistrate who was intent on convicting Gavalles for the first murder. And finally, there is Madame Colette (Anita Ekberg), the proprietor of aforesaid whorehouse. Now comes the task of figuring out the identity of the killer. And as Fontaine gets deeper into the case, the killer strikes again and again.

Here's a modest giallo outing, obviously made to "cash in" on the then prolific market of horror thrillers. The general mood is seedy and low-key, and the cheap sets decorated with phony Rennaisance art are a lame attempt at adding sophistication to a hastily made film. Howard Vernon here steals the show as Waldemar, who investigates the eyeballs taken from Gavalles' corpse, mashing them to a pulp with his scalpel, as if he were to looking for peals. Nevertheless, it's good fun.

Professional Humphrey Bogart look-alike Robert Sacchi plays the detective. He gives a decent performance, but doesn't live up to his mentor's standards. Actually, the film gives him very little opportunity to act, as the number of characters and constant plot twists keep him at a deadpan level. We never even get a close shot of his face. The murders are violent, but there is little bloodshed. The sound effects are rather odd; when one of the girls is murdered, it sounds as if someone is clashing cymbals. The main show here comes at the end, when we think the killer's identity has at last been discovered. However, we're in for a few surprises; and that's what makes this film worth watching, apart from seeing Barbara Bouchet and Anita Ekberg.

Director Merighi was none too prolific, and he remains a minor figure in the pantheon of Italian cult cinema. He made his debut in 1957 with the melodramatic crime film "The Sun Will Return" (Il Sole Tornera'), which starred future director Roberto Mauri. He is also known for directing the 1972 spaghetti western, "They Called Him Trinity."

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