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The Pyjama Girl Case (1978)

La ragazza dal pigiama giallo (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 12 January 1978 (Italy)
In Australia, a retired police inspector is called to duty to solve the murder case of a young woman whose partially burned body is found on the beach.


Flavio Mogherini




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Inspector Thompson
Dalila Di Lazzaro ... Glenda Blythe
Michele Placido ... Antonio Attolini
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Roy Conner
Ramiro Oliveros ... Inspector Ramsey
Rod Mullinar ... Inspector Morris
Eugene Walter Eugene Walter ... Dorsey
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Forensics detective
Vanessa Vitale Vanessa Vitale ... Quint's Neighbor
Antonio Ferrandis ... Nottingham (as Antonio Ferrandiz)
Giacomo Assandri Giacomo Assandri ... Quint
Mónica Rey Mónica Rey ... Patricia Clark Dorsey
Mel Ferrer ... Professor Henry Douglas
Andrea Gnecco Andrea Gnecco
Sandra Dobrigna Sandra Dobrigna ... Little girl


Two seemingly separate stories in New South Wales: a burned, murdered body of a young woman is found on the beach, and a retired inspector makes inquiries; also, Linda, a waitress and ferry attendant, has several lovers and marries one, but continues seeing the others. The police have a suspect in the murder, but the retired inspector is convinced they're wrong; he continues a methodical investigation. Linda and her husband separate, and there are complications. Will the stories cross or are they already twisted together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This film was inspired by a sensational real-life murder case that happened in Australia in 1934. See more »


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lesser giallo but with some ambition and memorable scenes
17 January 2005 | by FieCrierSee all my reviews

A little girl in Australia finds a dead woman wearing yellow pajamas on a beach, whose head has been badly disfigured or burnt. The police have no idea who she is. Scenes alternate between the police investigation storyline, and scenes from the life of a woman who has a number of different men in her life. How the latter scenes fit in doesn't become clear (or didn't for me) until fairly far into the movie. In fact, I think the other user misunderstood who she was.

This is a fair giallo, but something that really hurt it for me was that there were so many characters who weren't really well identified. From scene to scene I often wasn't sure if I was meeting someone new, or someone from a previous scene.

It isn't without some interest. One memorable scene was when the police put the body into a glass case and put it on public display in an attempt to find someone who could identify her!

Perhaps it was just a flaw in my copy, but it seemed like some short scenes or shots were tinted different colors. There are other scenes where there are clearly intentional changes in colored lights, as when there is an advertising sign just outside a window.

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Mono | Mono (Fono-Roma)



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1.85 : 1
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