The Bait (1964)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.

Original title:  To Doloma

Alternate title:  Ace Of Spades

Greece, 1964.  Finos Film.  Screenplay by Alekos Sakellarios.  Cinematography by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .

 is hilarious in this modern, slightly sexier version of Pygmalion.   plays a card sharp who needs a pretty girl to rope in the rich dupes he plays cards with in order to clean out their bank accounts. He slums it at a cabaret where he picks the prettiest of the dance hall girls (Vougiouklaki) and hires her away from her day job. A comedic regimen of culture and fashion lessons are deployed to turn her into a smooth-talking sex-bomb of a lady that no wealthy man can resist, and then they’re all off to a seaside resort where they set the lass onto her prey. She starts out clumsy, gets to be a pro, and then falls in love and ruins everything. Nothing unpredictable, but terribly fun to experience, and Vougiouklaki’s delivery of rapid-fire, witty dialogue is always delightful.

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