Tombolo (1949)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Italy   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Tombolo was one of several Italian films dwelling upon postwar Black Market activities. The title refers to a remote wooded area, used as a hideout by several small-time racketeers and sharpsters. Top-billed Aldo Fabrizi plays Andrea, a night watchman whose dereliction of duty has resulted in a robbery. Hoping to redeem himself, Andrea infiltrates the criminals' den. The bloodbath that follows spares practically no one, save for Anna (Adriana Benetti), a good-girl-gone-bad-gone-good, and the relatively spotless Renzo (Luigi Tosi). Featured in the cast of Tombolo is Michigan-born black actor John Kitzmiller, who enjoyed a thriving career in Italy during the 1940s and 1950s.