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Secret of the Sphinx
Heisse Spur Kairo-London

Italy/West Germany/Egypt 1964
produced by
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

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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 criminal.

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.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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