An aspiring mystery writer becomes accidently embroiled in an international plot during a two-week stay in Malta.

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Mickey Raymond
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Terry Leonard
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Inspector Stagnos
Gila von Weitershausen ...
Eva Werner
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Nino Tenucci
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Princess Aida
John Justin ...
Marquis De Pena
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Lizzy O'Reilly (as Pauline Delany)
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Sean O'Reilly
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Esteban Ortega
Brizio Montinaro ...
Corporal Lascaris
Martin Sorrentino ...
Afro-Dite
Luciano Crovato ...
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Massimo Sarchielli ...
Boss Arab
Jennifer Darling ...
Laurie
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San Francisco court stenographer Mickey Raymond wants to become the next great mystery crime novelist, but believes she has to experience life to find her stories. So she travels to Malta for a two week vacation to find that first story, with the plan being that she will insert herself into the story after the fact as its private detective heroine. She is unaware that the simple act of purchasing some postcards at a souvenir stand outside a museum would trigger that story, as one of those postcards was placed there by a man as a clue to the subject of a crime. Soon thereafter, she is mugged and people around her end up dead, she also knowing that people are after her to kill her. She gets little help from the local police, they believing she is trying to manufacture a story for her novel and ultimately believing that she may be a criminal herself and not a victim. Although ill-prepared to be that detective for real but not wanting to be a victim, she decides to find out why people ... Written by Huggo

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The message on the postcard on the film's main movie poster read: "Having a wonderful time! Already met a real murderer,a possible double agent, a canary, a couple of crooked flatfeet, and a great looking guy who may be trying to kill me - How are things at the office?". See more »

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Mickey Raymond: [mocking Terry Leonard] It embarrases me when people give me special treatment for what I do.
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Stop! In the Name of Love
Music & lyrics by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland
[The drag queen performs the song while Mickey is pushed on stage]
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Good casting makes a difference
30 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once upon a time, people knew who they were. Some were mechanics, some were politicians, some were writers.

Since about 1980, the real writers have been removed so that the rich tea party families could "write on the side".

That's why we had so many "situational tea party type Miss Marple comic murder mysteries", comic fantasies purely going with formula.

There is no "writing" here. It is formula stage play. It is a mixture of "Romancing the Stone", "Miss Marple", and virtually every stage comedy one has ever seen.

Then again, all good cinema begins as good stage plays, so you have at least a mediocre movie here.

What helps here is great casting. Margot Kidder is a bit like Lois Lane here, only more likable. She shows that comedy is her forte, and the role seems to have been written specifically for her.

This is probably what Kidder should always have done. The rest of the cast is also splendid.

In a formula film like this, casting makes a big difference. It's lightly likable, with the cast pulling it up over the 5/10 mark.


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