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The Whip and the Body ()

La frusta e il corpo (original title)
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The ghost of a sadistic nobleman terrorizes his family while attempting to rekindle his romance with his masochistic ex-lover, who is married to his brother.

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Nevenka
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Kurt Menliff
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Christian Menliff
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Katia (as Isli Oberon)
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Giorgia (as Harriet White)
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Count Vladimir Menliff (as Dean Ardow)
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Priest
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Losat (as Alan Collins)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn De Fonseca ...
Nevenka (uncredited) (voice)
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Christian Menliff (uncredited) (voice)
Dan Sturkie ...
Kurt Menliff (uncredited) (voice)
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Count Vladimir Menliff (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Mario Bava ... (as John M. Old)

Written by

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Ernesto Gastaldi ... (story and screenplay) (as Julian Berry) and
Ugo Guerra ... (story and screenplay) (as Robert Hugo) and
Luciano Martino ... (story and screenplay) (as Martin Hardy)

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Ferdinando Baldi ... associate producer (as Free Baldwin)
Federico Magnaghi ... producer (as Tom Rhodes)
Elio Scardamaglia ... supervising producer (as John Oscar)

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Carlo Rustichelli ... (as Jim Murphy)

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Ubaldo Terzano ... (as David Hamilton)
Mario Bava ... (uncredited)

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Renato Cinquini ... (as Rob King)

Editorial Department

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Lina Caterini ... assistant editor (as Kathy Line)

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Priscilla Contardi ... (as Priscilla Huston)

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Ottavio Scotti ... (as Dick Grey)

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Riccardo Domenici ... (as Gus Marrow)

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Anna Maria Palleri ... (as Peg Fax)

Makeup Department

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Raffaele Cristini ... assistant makeup artist (as Raf Christie)
Franco Freda ... makeup artist (as Frank Field)

Production Management

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Ferdinando Baldi ... unit manager (as Free Baldwin)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ernesto Gastaldi ... assistant director (as Julian Berry)
Sergio Martino ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Peter Jakson ... sound
Rex McCrea ... boom operator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Mark Baer ... assistant camera
Robert Schafer ... still photographer
Ubaldo Terzano ... camera operator (as Art Balsam)

Music Department

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Luigi Urbini ... conductor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Joe M. Seery ... production secretary
Giulio Bosetti ... voice dubbing: Christopher Lee (uncredited)
Carlo D'Angelo ... voice dubbing: Jacques Herlin (uncredited)
Adriana de Roberto ... voice dubbing: Daliah Lavi (uncredited)
Michele Malaspina ... voice dubbing: Gustavo De Nardo (uncredited)
Ugo Pagliai ... voice dubbing: Tony Kendall (uncredited)
Leonardo Severini ... voice dubbing: Luciano Pigozzi (uncredited)
Mel Welles ... dialogue director: English version (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

After the announcement of the servant Losat, the nobleman Kurt Menliff returns to the castle of his family at the seaside to congratulate his brother Christian Menliff for his marriage with his former lover Nevenka. Kurt feels the hatred and the fear of his father Count Menliff and the servant Giorgia, who blames him for seducing and killing her daughter, and indifference from his cousin Katia. On the next afternoon, the sadistic Kurt meets Nevenka riding a horse alone on the beach and whips the masochistic woman and makes love with her. Late night, Nevenka is missing and everybody is seeking her while Kurt is stabbed in the neck with the same dagger that Giorgia's daughter was murdered. On the next days, the members of the family suspects of each other while Nevenka is haunted by the ghost of Kurt. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines The most deliriously romantic horror picture ever made! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le corps et le fouet (France)
  • The Whip and the Flesh (Canada, English title)
  • The Whip and the Body (World-wide, English title)
  • What! (United States)
  • The Whip and the Flesh (United States)
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  • 91 min
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Budget $66,500 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Most of the cast and crew were required to use English pseudonyms because the producers hoped to fool the intended Italian audience into thinking this film was produced incognito by a British or American studio, such as Hammer Film Productions or American International Pictures. When Mario Bava was asked by Luciano Martino to use "an old American name", he jokingly took the suggestion to a literal degree by creating his alias "John M. Old". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Blood and Black Lace: A Short History of the Italian Horror Film (1999). See more »
Quotes Kurt Menliff: [to Nevenka] You haven't changed, I see. You've always loved violence.
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