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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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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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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>

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She was rich, she was beautiful, she could make men do anything and she wanted everything! See more »

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Trivia

Six degrees of "Diabolik": in 1965 British director Seth Holt set out to make a film out of the Italian comic strip "Diabolik", casting Jean Sorel and Elsa Martinelli, who play Dr. George Dumurrier and Jane as Diabolik and his lover Eva Kant. The film never got beyond the planning stage, although photographs of the duo in costume survive. When Mario Bava successfully brought "Diabolik" to the screen three years later--Danger: Diabolik (1968)--Marisa Mell, who plays Susan/Monica, starred as Eva Kant. See more »

Goofs

At c. 92 minutes the doctor/medical employee does not hear a heartbeat. The soundtrack has completely the wrong rhythm. See more »

Quotes

Monica Weston: [to George after having sex] You're quite, lover. You don't even say a word... well, I suppose it's better than the ones who talk all the time.
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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

References Double Face (1969) 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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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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ITL445,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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