L'Orologio a Cucu (1938)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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The Italian historical melodrama The Cuckoo Clock was acquired for US distribution by MGM-who promptly shelved the film for several months in reflection of mounting anti-Mussolini sentiments in the US. Vittorio De Sica heads the cast of this complex mystery, in which a huge, American-manufactured cuckoo clock is purchased by a European banker for the express purpose of smuggling gold into England. After agreeing to help the banker in his scheme, an elderly nobleman (secretly a spy) is murdered and his body is stuffed into the clock. The captain of the ship transporting the clock is accused of the killing, but during a spectacular courtroom trial the actual culprit reveals his guilt-and his essentially patriotic motives. Set during the early 19th century, The Cuckoo Clock is lovely to look at but a bit thin dramatically.



agent [representative], aristocracy, boating, captain [military], corpse, double-life, exile, false-accusation, gold, innocence, investigation, jury, killing, love, love-triangle, murder, name-clearing, niece, scheme, smuggling, soldier