OUR MAN IN CASABLANCA (1966)
aka Neustro agente en Casablanca, The Killer Lacks a Name
Article 2940 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 5-26-2009
Posting Date: 9-1-2009
Directed by Tulio Demicheli
Featuring Lang Jeffries, Olga Omar, Isabella Biancini
Country: Spain / Italy
A dossier capable of blackmailing the leader of a country friendly to the U.S. disappears, and an American agent is sent out to find its whereabouts before it ends up in the hands of enemies.
This Italian James Bond clone sat on my hunt list for quite a while, and I fully suspected that if it ever did show up, it would be in undubbed, unsubtitled Italian. I was quite delighted to find a copy that was not only dubbed into English, but letterboxed as well; it’s subtitled, too, but in Dutch. Furthermore, I found it more entertaining than the usual Spyghetti movie (as I’ve come to call them). It’s main plus is that it has a particularly memorable villain; he’s a killer with a mechanical hand capable of killing people with electrocution, a story element that also adds some science fiction content to make the movie qualify for this series. As usual, the movie is fairly confusing during the first half, but it works itself up to some fun story twists and double-crosses before it’s all through. All in all, I found this one acceptably entertaining.