Weekend Murders, The / Concerto per pistola solista (1970)

2.5 out of 5

Those who found Al Cliver as an 'English Bobby' amusing in Fulci's The Black Cat will love Gastone Moschin as an eccentric, buck-toothed country sergeant in The Weekend Murders. Although a murder mystery, Michele Lupo's film is more Agatha Christie than Edgar Wallace-styled giallo, and played  for laughs at that.

The reading of a will at an English country mansion presided over by the deceased's niece, Anna Moffo, sparks a Ten Little Indians style drawing room murder mystery with people turning up dead at regular intervals. Scotland Yard man Lance Percival is soon on the scene only to be upstaged at every turn by awkward bike-riding local Bobby 'Aloisius Thorpe', Moschin, who is perhaps not quite as much of an idiot as he at first appears.

As one might expect, things tend to take a turn for the sleazy much more readily than they might in your afternoon episode of Poirot or Murder She Wrote. The characters all belong in a giallo and as such provide more than enough entertainment with their various foibles to make this black comedy a mildly enjoyable collector's curio.

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