La Polizia Chiede Aiuto
What Have They Done to Your Daughters?
The Coed Murders / Der Tod trägt Schwarzes Leder
directed by Massimo Dallamano
starring Giovanna Ralli, Claudio Cassinelli, Mario Adorf, Franco Fabrizi, Farley Granger, Marina Berti, Paolo Turco, Corrado Gaipa, Micaela Pignatelli, Ferdinando Murolo, Salvatore Puntillo, Eleonora Morana, Sherry Buchanan, Roberta Paladini, Luigi Antonio Guerra, Renata Moar, Adriana Falco, Clara Zovianoff, Leonardo Severini, Lorenzo Piani
story by Ettore Sanzò, screenplay by Massimo Dallamano, Ettore Sanzò, music by Stelvio Cipriani, cinematography by Franco Delli Colli
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15 year old Silvia (Sherry Buchanan) is found hanged in the lovenest she
had with her boyfriend, in what at first appears to be a suicide soon
turns out to be murder - which apparently didn't happen in that lovenest at all,
and apparently the girl had sex shortly before her death, and not with her
boyfriend, he has an airtight alibi. Inspector Silvestri (Claudio Cassinelli) and assistant district
attorney Stori (Giovanna Ralli) soon start to investigate, and it soon
turns out that every witness they can trace down soon becomes a suspect,
like photographer Bruno (Franco
Fabrizi), the family doctor (Lorenzo Piani) or even a sleazy private
dick who seems to have vanished - until his body is found, cut into
pieces. And then there's a helmet-wearing killer on a motorbike who roams the
town, trying to kill everybody who could act as a witness with a meat cleaver -
even assistant district
attorney Stori is on his list, apparently, but she makes a tight escape.
But she and Silvestri carry on, and eventually they cover up a prostitution ring
of underaged girls, and apparently (and for obvious reasons) those who run it
apparently don't shy away from murder to protect their interests. Plus, it also
turns out they've got some "clients" pretty high up the social ladder
(including ties to politics) to back them up to avoid any kind of scandal ...
Adorf plays a detective who's investigating the case early on and whose daughter
later turns out to be part of the prostitution ring.
Even if this movie's (English) title suggests this to be a sequel to Massimo Dallamano's Cosa
Avete Fatto a Solange/What
Have You Done to Solange from 1972, the two films are completely
separate entities - while What
Have You Done to Solange was more of a straight forward giallo, What
Have They Done to Our Daughters is basically a police procedural, and only
some rather brutal murders and of course the leather-clad killer remind of
giallos at all. But in any case, this is a very tense thriller, with lots of
breathtaking chases in car, on motorbike and on foot, sex and violence in all
the right spaces, plenty of suspense, all packed in a very stylish whole,
crowned with a bunch of first rate performances.
Definitely not to be missed!