Fantastic Argoman, The / Come rubare la corona d’Inghilterra (1967)

4.0 out of 5

Womanizing and thieving antihero, Sir Reginald Hoover, played by Roger Browne, really brings the kid out of adult viewers when, as long as he hasn’t had sex in the last 6 hours, he instantaneously transforms into the completely infallible Argoman, sporting skintight banana colored superhero gear made goofier with an undersized red cape. Nonetheless, despite the Superman persona and the ability to levitate and capture beautiful women, via telekinesis, Argoman never flies, which ends up being a small disappointment.

The story is about as typical as they come for what feels like a spy influenced superhero movie, but criticizing aside, there’s no denying a weird charm in a movie that only wishes to entertain as long as viewers let it. Whether or not it was intentional, the faults and shortcomings in Sergio Grieco’s film manage to be its strengths, with the dumb looking hero, even dumber bad guys, and an eyesore of an evil lair, among others, ending up being a source of entertainment and memorability, in other words, a glorious embodiment of camp cinema.

Dominique Boschero does a formidable job as the arch villain, Jenabelle: Queen of the World, constantly appearing in different fantastical attire, and a certain exciting scene that has Argoman saving the day by sprinting atop a runaway train, filmed in fast motion, has a cheer-out-loud effect to it.

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