I Ladri (1959)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Italy, Spain  |  
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Lucio Fulci's directorial debut was another showcase for famed Italian comedian Toto, but opened to rather lackluster performance at the box office. A Mafia chieftain (Armando Calvo) is deported back to Italy and smuggles his money out of America in hundreds of jars of jam, a plot uncovered by a dockworker who sets off a frenzied search for the money. Twenty years and scores of films later, Fulci finally attracted cult stardom with Zombie, setting off a three-year period that also produced the director's best-known works, The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, and House by the Cemetery.