Director: Ramon Barco
Screenplay: Ramon Barco, Juan Jose Porto
Photography: Emilio Foriscot
Music: Angel Arteaga
Cast: Paul Naschy, Maximo Valverde, Rene D'Grie, Maria Mahor,
Mirta Miller, Blanca Estrada
Time: 82 minutes
DVD Availability: Bootleg
One of the ads in the Spanish pressbook.
One of the least seen of Paul Naschy's films, this film was the
first time that Naschy took the director's chair when Ramon Barco
was arrested temporarily on a morals charge, which may have involved
homosexuality. Naschy's direction may have been limited to exterior
shots in France, where the story took place, although most of
the work was done in Spain. Despite his work on the film, he left
his name off the film's director credits.
In the double issue of VIDEOOZE magazine,
Naschy said: "During the shooting I had very harsh confrontations
with Ramon Barco over what he was doing with the film. I was at
the point of getting rid of him and directing it myself. As I
said, it was a film with a good script, but they crippled it."
As it is, Naschy directed some of the film due to Barco's misfortune
with the police.
The film has a familiar feel to other
Spanish crime stories made around that time, and it is nice to
see Naschy do a non-horror role that reminds one of the better
A DRAGONFLY FOR EACH CORPSE. In that film he played an Italian
inspector, and in this one he portrays a French journalist who
is ready to use his hands and a gun to uncover the mystery. However,
the film does not have a good reputation. That said, it has enough
interest, particularly with Naschy in one of the lead roles, that
an official and English-subtitled version should be released.
Born in Cuba, director Ramon Barco
made three films before winding up mysteriously dead in a New
York subway tunnel.
Partial plot summary. Transated into English by
Gerard is a well-known journalist who works for
a Paris newspaper. One early morning, he receives news that Daniel,
his best friend, has been killed. The case is extremely mysterious,
and there is no clue to the crime.
Gerard wants to find out the identity of the killer
and starts a precarious search for the solution to the puzzle.
A series of new crimes occur of people who are somehow related
to Daniel Brindeau.
A police investigation brings no results.
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