Once Upon A Crime… (1992)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Germany/USA, 1992.  Ascot Film, .  Story by , Screenplay by , , , based on an earlier screenplay by Rodolfo Sonego, , , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Inspired by Mario Camerini’s 1960 film Crimen, this mildly amusing comedy of errors never manages to inspire any kind of involvement from its audience. and  find a lost dog in Rome and discover that its owner is offering a huge reward for its safe return to her. Both needing the money very badly, they go to Monte Carlo to restore the animal and discover upon arrival that the woman to whome he belongs has been murdered. They try to run away and not be seen or questioned by police, but soon Young’s suitcase finds itself in the hands of a travelling American couple (, ) and evidence is pinned on a reformed gambler turned Italian socialite () and his wife ().   doesn’t direct comedy nearly as well as he performs it, giving this film the subtlety of a car crash and the depth of a puddle. What’s more, there are far too few laughs to speak of.

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