Death Knocks Twice

Death Knocks Twice (Italian: La morte bussa due volte), aka German: Blonde Köder für den Mörder[2]), is a 1969 Italian-German detective film directed by Harald Philipp and starring Dean Reed, Fabio Testi and Adolfo Celi.[3] It also starred Anita Ekberg, Helene Chanel and Femi Benussi.[1] It was also released as Blonde Bait for the Murderer and The Blonde Connection.[1]

Death Knocks Twice
Film poster
Directed byHarald Philipp
Produced byHerbert Maris
Written by
StarringDean Reed
Music byPiero Umiliani
CinematographyClaudio Racca
Edited byAlfred Srp
Release date
  • 25 November 1969 (1969-11-25)
Running time
86 minutes[1]
  • West Germany
  • Italy



A wealthy businessman, Francesco Villaverde, who suffers from mental issues, strangles Mrs. Ferretti (Anita Ekberg), the beautiful wife of another businessman, on a beach after they make love. The murder is witnessed by two criminals who then blackmail Francesco's wife to get some property they desire from her. Two private eyes try to prove that Francesco murdered the woman on the beach, so they use a young blonde (the daughter of one of the detectives) to pose as bait for Francesco to kill.


  1. Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 32
  2. "BFI: Blonde Köder für den Mörder". BFI. Retrieved 4 June 2011.
  3. Nugent, Frank S. "New York Times: Death Knocks Twice". NY Times. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
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