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One on Top of the Other (1969)

Una sull'altra (original title)
After his sickly wife's sudden death of an asthma attack, an unscrupulous doctor discovers that she has a doppelgänger who is a burlesque dancer, not aware of the intricate scheme that's being weaved around him.

Director:

Lucio Fulci

Writers:

Roberto Gianviti (story), Lucio Fulci (story) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Jean Sorel ... Dr. George Dumurrier
Marisa Mell ... Susan Dumurrier / Monica Weston
Elsa Martinelli ... Jane Bleeker
Alberto de Mendoza ... Henry Dumurrier
John Ireland ... Inspector Wald
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Benjamin Wormser
Bill Vanders Bill Vanders ... Insurance Agent
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Officer Loveday
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Brent (as John Douglas)
Félix Dafauce ... Royal Insurance Official (as Felix de Fauce)
Jesús Puente ... Sergeant Rodriguez (as Jesus Puente)
George Rigaud ... Arthur Mitchell
Jean Sobieski Jean Sobieski ... Larry (as Jean Sobiesky)
Faith Domergue ... Marta / Martha
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Storyline

The wife of a doctor (Jean Sorel) is murdered. He had a mistress a long ago, since his wife (Marisa Mell) always begged herself out of engagements because she is a asthmatic. On the other hand, she enjoyed a part time job as a stripper. Did the doctor kill her? Written by Lukas Fichtinger <liderc@gmx.at>

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A disquieting climb... an indulgent intrigue... and the gas chamber! See more »

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Trivia

Six degrees of "Diabolik": in 1965 British director Seth Holt set out to make a film out of the Italian comic strip "Diabolik", casting Jean Sorel and Elsa Martinelli, who play Dr. George Dumurrier and Jane as Diabolik and his lover Eva Kant. The film never got beyond the planning stage, although photographs of the duo in costume survive. When Mario Bava successfully brought "Diabolik" to the screen three years later--Danger: Diabolik (1968)--Marisa Mell, who plays Susan/Monica, starred as Eva Kant. See more »

Goofs

The photo of George in the newspaper is clearly a still of him from a later scene in the film, where he visits The Roaring Twenties. See more »

Quotes

Monica Weston: [to George after having sex] You're quite, lover. You don't even say a word... well, I suppose it's better than the ones who talk all the time.
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Crazy Credits

Marisa Mell and John Ireland, who are second and fifth-billed respectively on Italian prints, are top and fourth-billed on English prints. See more »

Alternate Versions

Mondo Macabro's Blu-ray will represent the first "composite" cut of the film, containing both the additional expository scenes from the Italian/English versions and the additional sex scenes from the French version. See more »

Connections

References Belle de Jour (1967) See more »

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I Love Lucio!
3 June 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"One on top of the Other" predates the biggest successes of Lucio Fulci as a director and definitely his still on-going reputation as The Godfather of Gore. Yet, this is one best films he ever made and it unquestionably ranks among the most solidly plotted gialli ever! From the first minute to the very last, "One on top of the Other" is a compelling thriller that constantly introduces mysterious characters and features clever red herrings until everything sorts out nicely in the astonishing denouement. The story is suitably set in San Francisco, where the infamous doctor George Dummurier owns a private clinic but spends most of his time on the road with his mistress Jane. When George's actual wife unexpectedly dies from a fatal asthma-attack, he receives a two million dollar paycheck from the insurance company. This naturally raises questions, as everybody knew that the couple wasn't happily married. The police suspects George of murder, but things get even more complicated when a nightclub stripper, who's the reflecting image of George's dead wife, is frequently spotted in his company. Despite also being known as "Perversion Story", this movie mainly focuses on style and tension, and the only remotely gore sequence involves an autopsy on a decomposing body. The lack of further murders or sleaze is a bit of a weakness, but this is widely compensated by Fulci's concentration on coherence for a change, and the multiple tributes to classic Film Noirs and Alfred Hitchcock's repertoire. The acting performances are at least ten times better than usual in Italian horror productions, with Marisa Mell ("Danger: Diabolik!", "Seven Blood-Stained Orchids") and Jean Sorel ("Short Night of the Glass Dolls", "Lizard in a Woman's Skin") really leaving a good impression. The music by Riz Ortolani is mesmerizing, as always, the choreography is often very imaginative and there's some splendid camera-work with multiple great shots of San Francisco locations. In case you're an admirer of story-driven crime films, or just Italian cinema in general, this is definitely a movie you should keep an eye open for! You were the man, Lucio... And we miss miss you more every day!


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Release Date:

December 1971 (USA) See more »

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Perversion Story See more »

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San Quentin, California, USA See more »

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ITL445,000,000 (estimated)
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