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The Smugglers (1968) Online

The Smugglers (1968) Online
Original Title :
The Smugglers
Genre :
Movie / Crime / Drama / Mystery
Year :
Directror :
Norman Lloyd
Cast :
Shirley Booth,Rico Cattani,Edward Colmans
Writer :
Alfred Hayes,Elizabeth Hely
Type :
Time :
1h 37min
Rating :

Gang of smugglers is after a female tourist and her stepdaughter, who are visiting Tyrol in Europe and unknowingly carry something that the smugglers want.

The Smugglers (1968) Online

Gang of smugglers is after a female tourist and her stepdaughter, who are visiting Tyrol in Europe and unknowingly carry something that the smugglers want.
Credited cast:
Shirley Booth Shirley Booth - Mrs. Hudson
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani - Sergeant Rossi
Edward Colmans Edward Colmans - Italian Hotel Clerk
Charles Drake Charles Drake - Harry Miller
Emilio Fernández Emilio Fernández - Inspector Cesare Brunelli
Gino Gottarelli Gino Gottarelli - Waiter
Gayle Hunnicutt Gayle Hunnicutt - Adrianna
John Indrisano John Indrisano - Freight Agent
Kurt Kasznar Kurt Kasznar - Willi Raben
Carol Lynley Carol Lynley - Jo Hudson
Ralph Manza Ralph Manza - Batisto
David Opatoshu David Opatoshu - Alfredo Faggio
Michael J. Pollard Michael J. Pollard - Piero
Donnelly Rhodes Donnelly Rhodes - Antoine Cirret
Albert Szabo Albert Szabo - Anton

The movie had the unfortunate fate to premiere on the night of Apollo 8 Moon shot. The station interrupted the movie to show the astronauts' transmission and never resumed airing the film afterwords. The movie was considered lost for a long time.

User reviews



An uneasy comedy about a pair of innocents (Shirley Booth, Carol Lynley) touring Europe who get duped into smuggling what they think is a religious statue from Italy into Austria. Despite the espionage and murder that goes on around them, they remain unaware as they snoop around an old castle and cheerfully go along with the inept police and border guards, having fun duping them.

The pair totally unaware of whatever is inside the boxes they happily drive back and forth across the border and at one point believe they are carry crates of apples.

Plot aside, Booth (after her long run in the ht TV series "Hazel") and Lynley are fun to watch; the others less so. Kurt Kasznar and Michael J. Pollard inhabit the old castle, Charles Drake is the first smuggler, Donnelly Rhodes is an undercover French cop, Ilka Windish is the hotel manager, and David Opatoshu and Gayle Hunnicutt seem to be spies.

Worth a look to see Shirley Booth.


When I watched "The Smugglers", I was a bit surprised. After all, it was a TV movie from the late 60s...yet it was incredibly violent...more like a film made for the theaters. Several rather brutal murders occur during the course of the film...more brutal than I'd have expected for TV at the time.

The story is about an extremely dumb woman (Shirley Booth) and her daughter (Carol Lynley) as they travel through France and Italy...and unwittingly help smugglers ply their craft. Dumb because the woman NEVER questions nor checks to see what, exactly, she's carrying. This makes her so dumb, that it has a negative impact on an otherwise interesting movie. Not a great picture by any stretch but worth seeing.


Poorly written and directed TV-movie from Universal has blissfully naïve American tourist Shirley Booth agreeing to 'smuggle' a religious statue over the Italian border from Austria for a charming man she's befriended at the inn; incredulous step-daughter Carol Lynley fears the mysterious crate contains drugs, while French detective Donnelly Rhodes suspects contraband arms. Mixture of lighthearted folly and macabre elements really needed a graceful, nimble touch to come off, yet this thing is far too heavy and flat to be much fun. Michael J. Pollard turns up as an Italian half-wit with a homicidal streak; his accent seems picked up from a local Italian restaurant--and he's nothing compared to Rhodes' quasi-Frenchman (with wiggly eyebrows!). Intended, I'm sure, to be a pleasant whiff of an entertainment designed as a showcase for Booth's joie de vivre (which is reminiscent of Thelma Ritter's in her later period). Shirley is indeed colorful and hammy, but this below-average script plays like a failed TV pilot (and one chock full of European stereotypes). The darker, meaner overtures are interesting, but do not work in this la-di-da context, while Lynley passes the time rolling her eyes and making exaggerated faces. "The Smugglers" is harmless after all, which may be one reason why it has all but been forgotten.


I'll sit through anything with Shirley Booth in it. To prove my point, I sat through The Smugglers, a silly 1960s drama with a European background that hardly shows the scenery.

While on vacation in Europe with her stepdaughter Carol Lynley, Shirley get suckered into a smuggling scheme by Charles Drake. He completely pulls the wool over her eyes, making up a story about a festival and a goddess statue, and she agrees to smuggle his item across the border in her car. Then, when she and Carol drive away, they reveal to the audience that they're experienced smugglers! Shirley thinks it's great fun. "Nobody ever suspects me of anything!" she giggles.

The bad guys in this movie are strangely ominous. One is mentally deficient, one is elderly, and one barely speaks English; but don't underestimate them. Before long, they're killing and scheming just like normal villains. They take up a lot of screen time, too, which is unfortunate since I was really only interested in Shirley Booth's adorable warble. If you're like me, you might want to just stick with The Matchmaker.