Dark Purpose

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Dark Purpose
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Written byMassimo D'Avak
David P. Harmon
Doris Hume Kilburn
Produced bySteve Barclay
StarringShirley Jones
Rossano Brazzi
George Sanders
CinematographyGábor Pogány
Music byAngelo Francesco Lavagnino
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
April 3, 1964
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States

Dark Purpose is a 1964 film directed by George Marshall and starring Shirley Jones, Rossano Brazzi,[1] and George Sanders.


American secretary Karen Williams travels to Italy with her employer, art appraiser Raymond Fountaine, to assess the valuable collection of Count Paolo Barbarelli at his villa overlooking the sea.

The count lives there with Cora, a young woman suffering from memory loss, whom he claims to have taken in like a daughter after her skiing accident. Karen falls in love with the count, but Cora wants her gone. She later confides to Karen that she is not Paolo's daughter but his wife. He is slowly poisoning her so he ultimately can inherit her family's money, Cora says, but Karen isn't sure whether to believe her story.

Cora is found dead. The police believe it to be a suicide, but evidence at the scene leads Karen to believe that Paolo was indeed responsible for the young woman's death. It leads to a confrontation and violent struggle. A vicious watchdog tries to protect his master, but instead knocks Paolo into a fountain, where he drowns.



  1. ^ "Dark Purpose (1964) - George Marshall | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".

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