Naples Serenade Caliber 9 / Napoli serenata calibro 9 (1978)

1.5 out of 5

Tubby John Goodman as Fred Flintstone-a-like smuggler Mario Merola has to suffer watching a woman dance around with a human size doll while singing about cakes and also prophetically about skis before witnessing his sprog and moglie being gunned down by an acrobat in a ski mask that was almost foretold in song as a set up for revenge in this goofy and clich├ęd Alfonso Brescia Eurocrime nonsense.

A police station populated by bumbling slapstick cops, one of whom is reminiscent of The Baron in Operazione San Gennaro, remind the viewer that this is not to be taken overly seriously as does a screechy singing and dancing transsexual hooker and entertainer, played by a typecast Leopoldo Mastelloni, who has become accustomed to life in the station waiting room to the point of comfort.

Merola delivers some hefty punches in a quest for revenge and blue Napoli smuggler speedboats that are also seen in New Godfathers and Lucio Fulci's Contraband also put in an appearance. Those who can stomach a cutesy kid romance, involving a nipper who is obviously based on the street urchin from Violent Naples and Weapon Of Death even to the point of having the similar name Gennarino, will get their patience rewarded as a villain is dispatched as a speedboat miniature is blown up supposedly by a flare gun.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics