Two Escape from Sing Sing / I due evasi di Sing Sing (1964)

3.0 out of 5

At times ever so slightly subversive I due evasi di Sing Sing begins with the brave, or possibly foolish, decision to play for jokes in the gas chamber of Death Row and despite the escape suggested in the title is largely made up of a pre-incarceration flashback tale. Blackface is donned for a skit that takes a swipe at segregation and the death penalty is criticised as our hapless heroes Franco and Ciccio are proved innocent after an aborted attempt to put them to death.

Some of the visual humour works well, especially a scene in which Franco Franchi takes part in boxing training after hiding a weighty hoard of coins in his glove.

Lucio Fulci fans who would like to explore his earlier work may wish to track down this title but the usual divide between Franco and Ciccio fans and detractors will no doubt apply and this particular title is unlikely to win many converts from either camp.

Fans of vintage top shelf erotic magazines should note that Parade cover-girl Claire Gordon puts in a brief appearance as a moll.

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