The Sweet Body of Deborah

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The Sweet Body of Deborah
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Directed byRomolo Girolami
Screenplay byErnesto Gastaldi[1]
Story by
Music byNora Orlandi[1]
CinematographyMarcello Masciocchi[1]
Edited byEugenio Alabiso[1]
  • Flora Film
  • Zenith Cinematografica
  • Lux C.C.F.[1]
Distributed byVariety Film[1]
Release date
  • 1968 (1968) (Italy)
  • February 1969 (1969-02) (Paris)
  • Italy
  • France[2]
Box office$1.6 million (Italy)[3]

The Sweet Body of Deborah (Italian: Il dolce corpo di Deborah) is a 1968 giallo film directed by Romolo Guerrieri and starring Carroll Baker and Jean Sorel. Set in Geneva, the film follows a recently-married American woman who finds herself in danger after a stranger begins to target her husband and accuse him of murdering his ex-wife.


Deborah (Carroll Baker) and Marcel (Jean Sorel) return to Geneva from their honeymoon in Europe. Marcel learns of his former fiancee Susan's suicide, and is confronted by a man named Philip (Luigi Pistilli) who accuses him of murdering her. Marcel begins to receive threats from someone who holds him responsible for Susan's death. His new bride Deborah also becomes the target of these threats, and a weird neighbor named Robert with voyeuristic tendencies (George Hilton) begins fixating on her as well.[4]


  • Carroll Baker as Deborah
  • Jean Sorel as Marcel
  • George Hilton as Robert (the voyeur)
  • Evelyn Stewart as Susan/Suzanne Boileau
  • Luigi Pistilli as Philip
  • Michel Bardinet as The Inspector
  • Mirella Pamphili as Telephone Clerk
  • Valentino Macchi as Garagista
  • Domenico Ravenna as Doctor
  • Giuseppe Ravenna as Maitre d'Hotel
  • Renato Montalbano as Telephone Man


The Sweet Body of Deborah was released in Italy in 1968 as Il dolce corpo di Deborah.[5] The film later opened in Paris in February 1969 as as L'adorable corps de Deborah.[5] The film was shown in opened in Detroit on March 12, 1969.[5]

The film was a box office hit in Italy, inspiring a number of similar thrillers starring Carroll Baker. It did not do very well in the United Kingdom and United States however. It was theatrically released in the United States in 1969.[3] It was released in the United States by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts,[6] the film marked the beginning of actress Carroll Baker's career in Europe starring in giallo and horror films.[7]


The New York Times gave the film a middling review, with critic Vincent Canby noting the film's "disembodied narrative—[it is] a movie without any real national identity that seems to have sprung into existence not because of any artistic urgency but because somebody could make a deal."[8]

The Saturday Review gave the film a positive review, noting that: "the film's unstinting effort to entertain at all costs is both welcome and refreshing."[9] The film was considered very sexy for its time, showing brief glimpses of Carroll Baker's nudity and Ida Galli's fetishistic clothing.[4] Upon the film's release, The New Yorker republished a snippet of a review by John Mahoney of The Hollywood Reporter, which contained an extensive and detailed description of Baker's nude body as it appeared in the film.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Il dolce corpo di Deborah (1968)". (in Italian). Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Il dolce corpo di Deborah" (in French).
  3. ^ a b What Ever Happened to Baby Doll?: An American in Rome What Ever Happened to Baby Doll? By ALFRED FRIENDLY Jr.ROME.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 29 June 1969: D11.
  4. ^ a b Luther-Smith 1999, p. 116.
  5. ^ a b c "The Sweet Body of Deborah". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on April 2, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Sweet Body of Deborah". Motion Picture Herald. Quigley Publishing Company. 239: 88.
  7. ^ Weldon 1996, p. 70.
  8. ^ Canby, Vincent (26 April 1969). "'Sweet Deborah'". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "The Sweet Body of Deborah". Saturday Review. 52 (18–26): 176. 1969.
  10. ^ "A Constellation of Moles". The New Yorker: 45. 12 May 1969.

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