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Dark Purpose (1964)

L'intrigo (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 3 April 1964 (Italy)
Shirley Jones plays an innocent young American abroad (Italy, specifically), assistant to the cynically sarcastic art historian Sanders. She becomes romantically involved with Sanders' ... See full summary »

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Massimo D'Avak (screenplay), David P. Harmon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Shirley Jones ... Karen Williams
Rossano Brazzi ... Count Paolo Barbarelli
George Sanders ... Raymond Fontaine
Giorgia Moll ... Cora Barbarelli (as Georgia Moll)
Micheline Presle ... Monique Bouvier
Emma Baron Emma Baron ... Gregoria
Mathilda Calnan Mathilda Calnan ... Mrs. Thompson (as Matilda Calman)
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... Marshal
Fanfulla ... Florist (as Luigi Visconti)
Antonio Piretti Antonio Piretti
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Martin
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Shirley Jones plays an innocent young American abroad (Italy, specifically), assistant to the cynically sarcastic art historian Sanders. She becomes romantically involved with Sanders' current employer, the always charming Brazzi, unaware that he has a dark family secret. Written by Reader 4

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BETRAYED by Their Own Passions For a Man of Evil...3 Women Are Caught in a Sinister Web of Dark Terror! See more »


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

3 April 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Purpose See more »

Filming Locations:

G.S.C.-Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 42276 delivered on 12-2-1964. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Vente a ligar al Oeste (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Ravello
Music by Paul Baron
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Watch out for those holiday romances
19 April 2017 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This is one of those Gialli that doesn't have a masked killer slaughtering the cast, but still has plenty of the other elements still intact. It's similar to later films like The Designated Victim and Umberto Lenzi's Oasis of Fear as we're introduced to a limited amount of characters, and are left to figure stuff out as we know for sure something sinister is going on.

Even though this is a mid-sixties Italian film the setting is not an old castle in Scotland or wherever, but an old mansion on the Amalfi Coast! An English archivist and his young assistant arrive at the mansion of Count Paolo Barbarelli to archive his stuff (I guess). Next you know Paolo is giving Karen the assistant the glad eye and making his guard dog eat her shoes so he can buy her a new pair.

Karen wonders who the young lady wandering around the mansion is and Paolo explains that this is just his mentally ill daughter Cora, whom the archivist starts calling 'Lady MacBeth' (he's quite funny this guy). Next up Paolo dumps his more mature mistress and starts putting the moves on Karen. If she thinks that being a stepmother to a girl on meds is going to be tough, she's underestimating the circumstances.

I won't go much further with the plot but the whole film starts out like a romantic comedy, starts developing a bit of mystery, and by the last third is wearing it's giallo influence on it's sleeve, what with the pictures that hold clues and the twists and possibly even murder maybe. It's one of those films that gets better as it goes on, so if you stick around a bit it might pay off for you.

Or not. How am I supposed to know? Jesus.


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