002 AGENTI SEGRETISSIMI (1964)
aka Oh Those Most Secret Agents
Article 2754 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 11-21-2008
Posting Date: 2-26-2009
Directed by Lucio Fulci
Featuring Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Ingrid Schoeller
Two incompetent burglars are mistaken for secret agents and find themselves pursued by spies from several countries.
Just when you thought it was safe to see another Italian spy comedy, here’s Franco and Ciccio again. Well, maybe I’m being too hard on them; after all, most of the work I’ve seen of theirs so far has been in unsubtitled Italian, and the only English movie I’ve seen (DR. GOLDFOOT AND THE GIRL BOMBS) is reputedly one of their worst. In truth, I have no problem with Ciccio (the tall, skinny one), but Franco is one of the most incessant muggers in cinema history; he makes Jerry Lewis, Larry Storch and Jim Carrey all seem subtle and restrained. Nonetheless, they made a whole slew of movies, and that wouldn’t have happened if they weren’t doing something right. I’m guessing that they did possess a certain comic timing; every once in a while, a joke hits home in a way that even transcends the language barrier, and they do get an occasional laugh out of me. Still, I will argue that this is despite (not because of) Franco’s mugging. There’s also some good ideas here; I like the concept of two comedians trying to cope with bad sunburn, and the scene in the seductress training class is amusing. The most obvious fantastic content in this one is the talking computer one spy uses, and I will credit the movie for having a good feel for the spy genre. I just wish Franco’s mugging didn’t make it all so heavy-handed.