The Scorpion's Tail

  • 1971
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Thriller

Wealthy Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart), who's having an illicit affair, is suddenly a very wealthy widow when the plane her husband is taking from their home in London to Athens, where his business is based, blows up in mid-air. Insurance investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton) is assigned to follow her to Athens, where she intends to collect her inheritance...read more

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Wealthy Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart), who's having an illicit affair, is suddenly a very wealthy widow when the plane her husband is taking from their home in London to Athens, where his business is based, blows up in mid-air. Insurance investigator Peter Lynch (George Hilton) is assigned to follow her to Athens, where she intends to collect her inheritance in a lump sum, and see if he can find out anything, especially anything that might connect her to the explosion. The dead man's mistress (Janine Reynaud) is convinced Lisa either killed her husband or hired someone to do the job so she wouldn't have to share his money; she tries to strong arm Lisa into paying her off. But Lynch rescues Lisa, who picks up the cash the next day and books a flight out. Lynch is prepared to follow her, but she never emerges from her hotel room; when Lynch and the hotel staff go to investigate, they find Lisa stabbed to death and the money missing. Lynch is briefly a suspect, but the Greek police soon release him. He's approached by French photo-journalist Cleo (Anita Strindberg), who wants to join him in the search for the killer — assuming, of course, that she gets the exclusive. The convoluted trail turns up numerous red herrings but no hard leads, even though they're clearly on to something — otherwise, why would a masked intruder have tried to murder Cleo? Though the plot is built around insurance fraud and mass murder rather than a string of sleazy sex killings, director Sergio Martino manages to inject an aura of decadent nastiness that keeps the twists and turns interesting. The twist ending is more than a little preposterous, but plays fairly well.

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  • Released: 1971
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Wealthy Lisa Baumer (Evelyn Stewart), who's having an illicit affair, is suddenly a very wealthy widow when the plane her husband is taking from their home in London to Athens, where his business is based, blows up in mid-air. Insurance investigator Peter… (more)

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