La Sfinge Sorride Prima di Morire - Stop - Londra
Secret of the Sphinx
Heisse Spur Kairo-London
Italy/West Germany/Egypt 1964
Franco Palombi, Gabriele Silvestri for Top Films, Italcine, Egyptian General Company for International Film Production
directed by Duccio Tessari
starring Tony Russel, Maria Perschy, Manuela Kent, Ivan Desny, Salah Zulfikar, Tullio Altamura (as Tor Altmayer), Evar Maran, Giuseppe Fortis, Franco Ressel
written by Duccio Tessari, Guido Zurli, music by Mario Migliardi
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Egypt: Helen (Maria Perschy), member of Professor Green's (Ivan Desny)
excavation team is approached by Thomas (Tony Russel), who wants to use
the whole archeological expedition to smuggle gold out of Egypt. She
agrees surprisingly quick, even though that means she has to kill her own
husband so Thomas can take his place ...
During the expedition, several members are killed by a person unknown,
and Helen and Thomas - who have since fallen for each other - soon realize
it's them against the rest of the world ... and furthermore it seems that
before ong everybody has learned about the gold. Finally though, Helen and
Thomas manage to hide the gold with the excavation equipment and get it
back from the dig to Cairo and eventually onto their ship to Europe
unnoticed - when it turns out that Helen wants to cheat Thomas out of the
gold with the help of her husband, whom she hasn't killed at all but who
had pretended to be Professor Green during the whole expedition. But
before the two can kill Thomas, he is somehow able to call the police and
in the end he turns out to be a police officer who only posed as a
And wouldn't you know it, in the end he gets the girl - not Helen of
course, but wallflower-like scientist Marion (Manuela Kent), who thanks to
his influence turns into a beautiful woman once she takes off her glasses
and changes her hairdo ...
At times, Secret of the Sphinx is actually a rather entertaining crime
film, but an overconvoluted and illogical script keep it from developing
to full force. As it is, the film is a fun but insignificant piece
of 1960's nostalgia.