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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Thriller, 8 Sep 2013
This review is from: Venetian Bird [DVD] (DVD)
The tale begins with Private Detective Edward Mercer (convincingly portrayed by the ridiculously handsome Richard Todd!) undertaking a search for a missing person in Venice.

Upon arrival in Venice, he makes acquaintance with a friendly local street tourist photographer (played by the wonderful John Gregson). We see as the plot unravels, all is not always as at first appears....... And perhaps there is more to the happy snapper than meets the eye......

Mercer is clearly a battle weary veteran of the war, but with a steely determination to find the man he has been commissioned to locate by a French Insurance Company.

Mercer's quest to trace the missing Italian, Renzo Uccello, for whom, he has been told, is to repay an act of bravery during the war. The selfless act involved rescuing an allied airman shot down. Frustratingly, the search seems to have ended almost before it has started - he learns that he is in fact dead. But is he? And if he isn't, why would somebody claim he is?

Before arriving, Mercer had placed an advert seeking information about Renzo, and agrees to meet a man called Boldesca (Sidney Tafler) who claims to have some information. However, a couple of heavies get to him first. Although Mercer rescues him in time, he subsequently ends up stabbed to death anyway, before any information can be imparted....

From here on in, things start to become decidedly dangerous, with ever more conflicting clues coming to light.

In his attempt to find out more, he turns to an old friend from years ago, Rosa, who now lives in Venice herself. Rosa introduces him to the local undertaker Bernardo (Sid James), who has more than a modicum of local knowledge.... Could Bernardo perhaps unlock some of the "slammed doors"?

Our man's love interest is fired up when he comes across Adriana Medova (Eva Bartok) at a local gallery where he has traced links with the elusive Renzo. Once again, all is not what it seems..

After turning down a large amount of money to leave Venice, and drop the case (not for our Edward the easy option....), he is set up to take the blame for a planned assassination of a Political Leader, and is soon arrested when it indeed does take place.

Already suspicious of the intrepid Private Eye's activities, the Local Police Chief is going to take some convincing, not to mention hard evidence, to accept his innocence.

As the clouds of mystery start to clear, the story culminates in a gripping chase across the rooftops........

This is a most enjoyable thriller, full of intrigue - and surprises (I shall say no more..) There are wonderful shots of Venice throughout the film, which all adds to ambience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah that took me back ., 3 Oct 2013
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Mr. B. J. Walker "Bookman" (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Richard Todd complete with pipe and trilby in an adaptation of a book. Dated I must admit but still enjoyable. Well worth a look
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing film, 5 Oct 2013
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I have waited years for this film to appear on video or dvd and have not been disappointed, copy is very good. I originally caught this one night when unable to sleep after completing a stretch of night shifts, wonderful Richard Todd as a private detective looking for an Italian partisan who helped an American pilot during WW2, the pilots relatives wish to reward him; enter lovely John Gregson as a photographer and a watcher for police, but is that all that he is? Nice to see Sid James playing a straight man and with a political plot and with a roof top chase in Venice, interest is maintained through out. A typical good British Film Noir of the 50's and what is sadly lacking in todays films, buy, watch and enjoy and then watch again if you like the 3rd man you will enjoy this film. More of the same please.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Woman will do That To You"...Be Careful Richard., 28 Nov 2013
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STRAWBERRY MEDIA have presented a very nice good quality B/W 4.3 ratio print of this long unseen, nay, almost forgotten British Film Noir thriller, adapted from the novel by Victor Canning. So, here you have a good plot- P.I Todd goes to Venice to find a wartime hero for clients who wish to financially reward said hero for saving their son's life during WW2-And that's where the problems begin. Atmospherically filmed in Venice, this tale doesn't hang about,...Chases, beatings up, Love affairs, oh it's all here, and good fun to boot. Todd is good as is the lovely Eva Bartok as his love interest. George Colouris shines aa the Venetian Police Chief (No Brunetti he though). The rest of the cast is made up by a who's who of British character actors. 90 mins of entertainment. Recomended. I'll finish on a thought. Alan Ladd/Jane Greer in an American version??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense in Venice, 26 Oct 2013
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Shot in exteriors in Venice. Nice plot and good
acting by Richard Todd et al. Very entertaining.
Even in black and white, Venice is impressive.
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