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The Smugglers (1968)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 24 December 1968
Gang of smugglers is after a female tourist and her stepdaughter, who are visiting Tyrol in Europe and unknowingly carry something that the smugglers want.


Norman Lloyd


Alfred Hayes (teleplay), Elizabeth Hely (novel)


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Credited cast:
Shirley Booth ... Mrs. Hudson
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Sergeant Rossi
Edward Colmans ... Italian Hotel Clerk
Charles Drake ... Harry Miller
Emilio Fernández ... Inspector Cesare Brunelli
Gino Gottarelli Gino Gottarelli ... Waiter
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Adrianna
John Indrisano ... Freight Agent
Kurt Kasznar ... Willi Raben
Carol Lynley ... Jo Hudson
Ralph Manza ... Batisto
David Opatoshu ... Alfredo Faggio
Michael J. Pollard ... Piero
Donnelly Rhodes ... Antoine Cirret
Albert Szabo Albert Szabo ... Anton


Gang of smugglers is after a female tourist and her stepdaughter, who are visiting Tyrol in Europe and unknowingly carry something that the smugglers want.

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Release Date:

24 December 1968 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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The movie had the unfortunate fate to premiere the night of the Apollo 8 space mission. NBC interrupted the movie to show the astronauts' transmission and never resumed airing the film afterward. The movie was considered lost for a long time. See more »

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Bad accents, poor sets, and clumsy direction help to derail dark-hued comedy-drama...
28 June 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Poorly written and directed TV-movie from Universal has blissfully naïve American tourist Shirley Booth agreeing to 'smuggle' a religious statue over the Italian border from Austria for a charming man she's befriended at the inn; incredulous step-daughter Carol Lynley fears the mysterious crate contains drugs, while French detective Donnelly Rhodes suspects contraband arms. Mixture of lighthearted folly and macabre elements really needed a graceful, nimble touch to come off, yet this thing is far too heavy and flat to be much fun. Michael J. Pollard turns up as an Italian half-wit with a homicidal streak; his accent seems picked up from a local Italian restaurant--and he's nothing compared to Rhodes' quasi-Frenchman (with wiggly eyebrows!). Intended, I'm sure, to be a pleasant whiff of an entertainment designed as a showcase for Booth's joie de vivre (which is reminiscent of Thelma Ritter's in her later period). Shirley is indeed colorful and hammy, but this below-average script plays like a failed TV pilot (and one chock full of European stereotypes). The darker, meaner overtures are interesting, but do not work in this la-di-da context, while Lynley passes the time rolling her eyes and making exaggerated faces. "The Smugglers" is harmless after all, which may be one reason why it has all but been forgotten.

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