|DEAD PIGEON ON BEETHOVEN STREET (KRESSIN UND DIE TOTE TAUBE IN DER BEETHOVENSTRASSE) (director/writer: Sam Fuller; cinematographer: Jerzy Lipman; editor: Liesgret Schmitt-Klink; music: Can; cast: Glenn Corbett (Sandy), Christa Lang (Christa), Anton Diffring (Mensur), Eric P. Caspar (Charlie), Alex D'Arcy (Novak), Stéphane Audran (call girl); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Joachim von Mengershausen; Video Dimensions; 1972)|
pic stinks more than a week old dead pigeon."
by Dennis Schwartz
for German TV. The American B-film auteur Sam Fuller ("Run
of the Arrow"/"Verboten!"/"Park Row") stubs his toe on
this misfire, an inept crime thriller shot in Germany.
This pic stinks more than a week old dead pigeon. It's
bludgeoned to death by a stupid story and wooden
acting from its stars Glenn Corbett and Christa Lang
(Mrs. Fuller in real life).
ambitious American senator is blackmailed with a nude
photo of him and a hooker, and hires private detective
Sandy (Glenn Corbett) to go to Germany
to get the negative. In Germany Sandy's partner is
executed, and after investigating further Sandy
discovers the girl in the photo is Christa (Christa
Lang). He manipulates the femme fatale by drugging her
coffee and getting her to think he's also a
blackmailer. Sandy thereby gets Christa to lead him to
the international extortion ring's big cheese, Mensir
(Anton Diffring). It thankfully climaxes
with a shootout in Bonn, at the street where the
Beethoven museum is located, and the not too thrilling
thriller mercifully ends with the killing of the
pigeon (the loser).
tongue-in-cheek film, shot toward the end of Fuller's
colorful career in film, is not funny. It might
interest only completists of the crusty director.
REVIEWED ON 7/24/2013 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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