L'assassino ...e al telefono (1972)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Giallo  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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Alberto De Martino (L'anticristo) directed this standard Italian giallo thriller, the story of an actress named Eleanor Lorraine (Anne Heywood) who has developed amnesia since the murder of her husband Peter, and faints when she spots professional hit man Ranko (Telly Savalas). When she awakens, the increasingly hysterical Eleanor cannot recognize her new husband, George (Giorgio Piazza), or remember the story of how Peter died in a car accident. Eleanor's sister, Dorothy (Willeke Von Ammiroy), replaces her in a play at the behest of Peter's sister, only to be murdered by Ranko when he mistakes her for Eleanor. Eleanor herself is nearly delirious by this point, but has visions of Ranko killing Peter, so she rushes to tell George, only to find Ranko murdering him. The ruthless assassin follows Eleanor to the theater, where some secrets are revealed in the tense climax. Rossella Falk co-stars with Antonio Guidi, Leonardo Scavino, and Ada Pometti. Cinematographer Aristide Massaccesi went on to make dozens of his own films (including some inventive gialli) under the name "Joe D'Amato."



killing, actor, amnesia, murder, pursuit, stalking