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Il Raggio Infernale

Raggio Infernale, Il (1967) Movie Poster
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Italy / Spain  •    •  93m  •    •  Directed by: Gianfranco Baldanello.  •  Starring: Gordon Scott, Delfi Mauro, Nello Pazzafini, Alberto Dalbés, Silvia Solar, Massimo Righi, Tullio Altamura, Rossella Bergamonti, Carlos Hurtado, Tina Di Pietro, Fernando Rubio, Julio St. Cruz, Valentino Macchi.  •  Music by: Gianni Ferrio.
       Secret Agent Bart Fargo chases the kidnappers of the inventor of a death ray.

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Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
Image from: Raggio Infernale, Il (1967)
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And here we have yet another cheesy Italian knock-off of the spy film genre, trying to capitalize on the 60's popularity of the Bond films. Our super agent, one Bart Fargo by name, is a bland layabout loser, who'd rather be sleeping than out saving the world from bumbling super villains. Smart man, actually, but it doesn't make for very good cinema to watch Bart lounge around his various hotel rooms for at least half of the movie.

Bart's boss is a morose, whiny guy with a thoroughly festive racist attitude and an extreme dislike for Bart(not surprising, really). He summons Bart from his perpetual snoozing and has him dragged to the office by two pretty girls(who rough him up a bit, but what female wouldn't want to?). There, he tells Bart his next assignment is to retrieve a scientist who's built a 'peaceful death ray'. Huh? The scientist was kidnapped at the opening of the film by several accountants in a huge car, set to a bouncy tune that gets on your nerves after about the first five minutes of endless repetition. The accountants haul the good doctor off to a toy helicopter stolen from a Godzilla set, then transfer him to a model submarine swiped from the Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster set. They then blow up the toy helicopter, like a five year old gleefully setting off a bottle rocket.

So Bart's mission seems to be accomplished by his flying off to yet another vaguely European city and lounging in a different hotel room. the bad guy's thugs conveniently come to him, so there's a set of lame fight scenes in the hideous 60's hotel room. At one time Abe Lincoln uses a time machine to hunt down Bart and try to kill him, maybe because Bart resembles John Wilkes Boothe. There's an amazingly slow car chase, in which Bart shows what a useless super spy he is. I mean, did he really think that the thugs wouldn't notice the candy red sports car practically kissing their bumper? And then Bart demonstrates how incompetent he is, letting the thugs drive the car over the cliff. In an unforeseen tragedy, Bart was not in the car at the time.

Bart saves one of the thug's lives, so the guy helps him find the lair of the super(or not so super, really)villain. It looks like a badly decorated bordello, with wall mounted machine guns. Wow, this madame REALLY likes to discourage bad customers. Like Bart, I'm sure. Anyhoo, the bad guy buddy gets fragged, and Bart rushes in to save the girl and the idiot scientist(I mean, a peaceful death ray?! come on, man!) and kills the tepid villain. The 'death ray' causes a lot of wallboard and plaster to fall on their heads, and then there's a scene in yet ANOTHER hotel room of Bart and the red-haired artist chick he saved from 'certain death'. There's a final scene where our hero chucks a talking watch out the window to avoid talking to yet another one of his girlfriends, his bosses' secretary. Was it a Timex? And did it signal the wasted hour and a half that we spent watching this dud? We'll never know.


Review by Diana from the Internet Movie Database.