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Double Cross (1951)

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Pietro, an honest businessman, is wrongly accused of the murder of his business associate and jailed. Actually the man is alive and has set him up to avoid bankruptcy. Pietro's life is ... See full summary »


Riccardo Freda


Mario Monicelli (story), Mario Monicelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Amedeo Nazzari ... Pietro Vanzetti
Gianna Maria Canale ... Luisetta
Armando Francioli Armando Francioli ... Stefano Soldani
Arnoldo Foà ... Avvocato Luigi
Camillo Pilotto Camillo Pilotto ... Industriale Soldani
Rita Livesi Rita Livesi ... Signora Soldani
Anita Durante Anita Durante ... Anna, padrona della pensione
Oscar Andriani Oscar Andriani ... Avvocato della difesa
Nerio Bernardi Nerio Bernardi ... Presidente del tribunale
Ciro Berardi Ciro Berardi ... Gaetano Zanetti
Vittorio Gassman ... Renato Salvi
Caterina Boratto ... Clara Vanzetti
Michele Riccardini Michele Riccardini ... Signor Biagni


Pietro, an honest businessman, is wrongly accused of the murder of his business associate and jailed. Actually the man is alive and has set him up to avoid bankruptcy. Pietro's life is shattered of course and when after many years he is released from prison, he seeks revenge. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Release Date:

11 April 1951 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Double Cross See more »

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S.A.F.A. Palatino See more »
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1.37 : 1
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A great big pile of improbable hokum
25 August 2014 | by melvelvit-1See all my reviews

A family man (Amadeo Nazzari) gets framed for murder and while he spends the next fourteen years in prison, his wife dies and his young daughter disappears. When he gets out he accidentally runs into his now-grownup girl (mistaking her for a prostitute) but their chances of living happily ever after are jeopardized by the girl's (Gianna Maria Canale) romantic problems and the self-serving heel (Vittorio Gassman) who framed him...

It's a great big pile of improbable hokum filmed in the then-popular "noir style" by genre director Riccardo Freda and another one "inspired by a true story". Luscious Gianna Maria Canale, a former "Miss Italy 1947" runner-up who lost to Lucia Bose, would go on to marry the director and become the reigning queen of Cinecetta peplum splendor. Gassman plays the same type of sleazeball he did in WHITE SLAVE TRADE and gets the same special billing ("with the participation of"). He actually makes a very hissable villain, an opportunity denied most Hollywood heartthrobs back then, the reason being that when they did play "against type" (like Tyrone Power in NIGHTMARE ALLEY), the public didn't care for it. Europe was different, however, and Vittorio's movies are a gas, man!

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