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One on Top of the Other (1969)

Una sull'altra (original title)
After his sickly wife's sudden death of an asthma attack, an unscrupulous doctor discovers that she has a doppelgänger who is a burlesque dancer, not aware of the intricate scheme that's being weaved around him.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Roberto Gianviti (story), Lucio Fulci (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Sorel ... Dr. George Dumurrier
Marisa Mell ... Susan Dumurrier / Monica Weston
Elsa Martinelli ... Jane Bleeker
Alberto de Mendoza ... Henry Dumurrier
John Ireland ... Inspector Wald
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Benjamin Wormser
Bill Vanders Bill Vanders ... Insurance Agent
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Officer Loveday
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Brent (as John Douglas)
Félix Dafauce ... Royal Insurance Official (as Felix de Fauce)
Jesús Puente ... Sergeant Rodriguez (as Jesus Puente)
George Rigaud ... Arthur Mitchell
Jean Sobieski Jean Sobieski ... Larry (as Jean Sobiesky)
Faith Domergue ... Marta / Martha
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Storyline

The wife of a doctor (Jean Sorel) is murdered. He had a mistress a long ago, since his wife (Marisa Mell) always begged herself out of engagements because she is a asthmatic. On the other hand, she enjoyed a part time job as a stripper. Did the doctor kill her? Written by Lukas Fichtinger <liderc@gmx.at>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Intriguing and starkly erotic... See more »

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Lucio Fulci and Roberto Gianviti's script originally took place in Louisiana (the setting of Fulci's later film The Beyond (1981)), and featured a symbolic pre-title sequence that was to be shot in the state's trademark wetlands, depicting a garden spider ensnaring a locust in its web and eating it, leaving only its shell. It was rewritten to take place in San Francisco as a cost-saving measure due to producer Edmondo Amati wanting to have the film shot back-to-back with another film he was producing, Carnal Circuit (1969), the exteriors for which were shot in Los Angeles. Similarly, George was originally written to have his death sentence carried out via electric chair, but due to the location shift, this was changed to the infamous gas chamber in San Quentin Prison in which Caryl Chessman had been killed, a fact especially highlighted by the film's trailer, which stated that much of the prison staff responsible for Chessman's execution "reprised" their roles for the film. These alterations were likely implemented into the script by assistant director Massimo Castellani, Franco Ferrari and Massimo Franciosa, who were credited on the film's budget sheet but not in the onscreen credits. See more »

Goofs

San Luis Obispo is due south of San Francisco, but to get there from San Francisco George is seen driving over and past landmarks taking him east of his destination such as the San Mateo Bridge or north of his starting point such as the Golden Gate Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Monica Weston: [about to have sex with George] I hope you didn't mind being alone for a few minutes. I wanted to change into something nice; I think making love should be elegant, yet simple. You know... me and you. Nothing elaborate.
Dr. George Dumurrier: You don't go for threesomes?
Monica Weston: Depends on how much I get.
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Crazy Credits

Marisa Mell and John Ireland, who are second and fifth-billed respectively on Italian prints, are top and fourth-billed on English prints. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Severin DVD uses a French version of the film and runs about 97 minutes. The UK videotape version is about 11 minutes longer, at 108 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fulci Talks: The Movies (2007) See more »

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Fulci's best-ever 'pensioners in titty bar' movie
5 March 2010 | by DanielKingSee all my reviews

Pretty decent stab at an erotic thriller from the Goremeister General. It's all the things you would want: stylish, sexy, and gripping. It's also crisply shot and has an excellent Riz Ortolani score. Again, the dubbing is pretty ropey but if, by this point, you're seeking out some of Fulci's lesser-known works then it's safe to assume you've made your peace with this constant problem.

Marissa Mell is great as the femme fatale and Elsa Martinelli is cool and chic as the devoted mistress who, despite herself, can't stop believing in her man. In fact, the female performances are much stronger than the men, probably because Jean Sorel doesn't have much to do except wander around with his shirt off, looking bewildered.

Great photography of San Francisco, looking as good - if not better - than in BULLITT. There's also a fine cameo from Jean Sobieski, for connoisseurs of louche photographers in movies.

The only real problem is that the film isn't quite gripping enough. The premise is set up well in the first half hour or so, and the suspense and mystery sustained during the kinky interludes in the middle, but all is revealed through a clumsy expository scene with about 20 minutes remaining and after that it runs out of steam.

Well worth a look though.

6/10


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Language:

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Release Date:

December 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perversion Story See more »

Filming Locations:

San Quentin, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

ITL445,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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