Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs

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Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byMario Bava
Produced byFulvio Lucisano
Louis M. Heyward
Screenplay byItalian Version:
Castellano & Pipolo
Franco Dal Cer
English Version:
Louis M. Heyward
Robert Kaufman
Story byItalian Version:
Fulvio Lucisano
English Version:
James Hartford
StarringVincent Price
Fabian
Franco Franchi
Ciccio Ingrassia
Laura Antonelli
Music byItalian Version:
Lallo Gori
English Version:
Les Baxter
CinematographyAntonio Rinaldi
Edited byItalian Version:
Frederick Muller
English Version:
Ronald Sinclair
Production
company
Italian International Film
American International Pictures
Distributed byAmerican International Pictures
Release date
July 29, 1966 (Italy)
November 9, 1966 (US)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryItaly
United States
LanguageEnglish
Italian

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (Italian: Le spie vengono dal semifreddo, lit. "The spies who came in from the semi-cold") is a 1966 Eurospy comedy film, made in Technicolor and directed by Mario Bava. Serving as a sequel to two unrelated films, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and Two Mafiosi Against Goldginger, the film stars Vincent Price, Fabian, Francesco Mulé, Laura Antonelli, and the Italian comedy team Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia.[1]

The film was shot in Italy by cinematographer Antonio Rinaldi, and released in both English and Italian versions. The Italian release is markedly different to the English-language edition, with more screen time spent on the antics of Franco and Ciccio, and less on Vincent Price and the other cast members. Additionally, the film's Italian title is entirely different, spoofing the 1965 film The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.

Plot[edit]

Price plays the titular mad scientist who is working with the Chinese government to use exploding female robots to disrupt a scheduled NATO war-game by blowing up the various generals involved in the exercise (one of whom looks exactly like Goldfoot, and whom Goldfoot later impersonates). Fabian is the hero who works to thwart the plot, that is, when he is not busy chasing women such as Laura Antonelli's character. The film ends with an extended frantic chase through the streets of Rome, and Goldfoot attempting to start World War III between Russia and the United States by dropping a nuclear bomb on Moscow.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Fulvio Lucisano, the head of Italian International Film, originally envisioned Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs as a sequel to the Franco and Ciccio film Two Mafiosi Against Goldginger. American International Pictures agreed to co-finance, provided it could be turned into a sequel to Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. To satisfy the multinational financial backers, two versions of the film were eventually produced: the Italian version places greater emphasis on Franco and Ciccio, while the American film puts forward Vincent Price's Goldfoot.[2] Mario Bava was signed to direct. He had no interest in the film but was hired because Lucisano had him under contract, and he did not participate in the post-production phase of the American version.[2]

Frankie Avalon was originally intended to reprise his role as Craig Gamble from the first film,[3] but he pulled out due to the impending birth of his third child, and Fabian Forte was cast in his place.[4] Fabian said Jim Nicholson of AIP came to him and said "Frankie's having another baby and wants to stay at home... and we have this picture shooting in Italy... [he] was so sweet about it."[5]

At one stage, the film was titled Dr Goldfoot and the Love Bomb[6] (a reference to How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the strapline of Dr. Strangelove), and Dr Goldfoot and the S Bomb[7] (a tongue-in-cheek reference to the phrase "sex bomb").

Filming started in April 1966 and took place in Rome, mostly at Cinecitta Studios but also such locations as Parco di Principe, the Rome Cavalieri Hilton, and Luna Park.[4] Louis M. Heyward estimates the script was rewritten about nine times just prior to production and says there were difficulties satisfying the Italian and American backers; some different scenes were shot for each country, including emphasising brunettes in the Italian version and blondes in the American version.[8]

Reception[edit]

The film was not particularly successful, and is considered by many critics to be director Bava's worst film,[9] yet it was his commercially most successful movie in Italy.[citation needed]

Samuel Z. Arkoff said that the film's commercial reception was hurt by the refusal of female lead Laura Antonelli to take her clothes off. Arkoff claims she was originally willing to, but then his nephew, Ted Rusoff, who was sent to supervise the film, developed a crush on her and persuaded her not to do it.[10]

Price later called the film "the most dreadful movie I've ever been in. Just about everything that could go wrong, did."[11]

Fabian said "I hid in the back seat of my car at the drive in when I went to go see it."[5]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Blake, Matt; Deal, David (2004). The Eurospy Guide. Baltimore: Luminary Press. ISBN 1-887664-52-1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blake, Deal
  2. ^ a b Dr Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs at Mario Bava
  3. ^ 'Whiskers' on 20th Slate Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Jan 1966: c13.
  4. ^ a b Richard Harland Smith, "Dr Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs", Turner Classic Movies accessed 5 July 2014
  5. ^ a b "Hollywood Hold That Tiger". Cash Box. 18 December 1971. p. 14.
  6. ^ Universal Signs Margulies Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 29 Mar 1966: c15.
  7. ^ Students Slam Deferment Test Reice, Sylvie. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 03 Apr 1966: d5.
  8. ^ When in Rome, Don't Give Up: Schizophrenic Roman Holiday Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 26 June 1966: b1.
  9. ^ Second 'Dr. Goldfoot' Film Really a Bomb, Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 02 Dec 1966: d24.
  10. ^ Samuel Z Arkoff & Richard Turbo, Flying Through Hollywood By the Seat of My Pants, Birch Lane Press, 1992 p 136-137
  11. ^ Vincent Risoli-Black, "Wrong Turn: the Fifth Season of Love: The Way... the Way Out... and the Wayward Dolphins" iUniverse, 23 Sep 2010 p 84 accessed 5 July 2014

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