Frame Up

Frame Up (Italian: Quella carogna dell'ispettore Sterling) is a 1968 Italian noir-crime film directed by Emilio Miraglia and starring Henry Silva, Beba Lončar and Keenan Wynn.[2]

Frame Up
Italian theatrical release poster
Directed byEmilio Miraglia
Produced byFelice Testa Gay[1]
Screenplay by
Story byMassimo De Rita[1]
Music byRobby Poitevin[1]
CinematographyErico Menczer[1]
Edited bySergio Montanari[1]
  • Cinegai
  • Jolly Film[1]
Distributed byUnidis
Release date
  • 13 April 1968 (1968-04-13) (Italy)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
Box office₤397.4 million


A police inspector's son is killed by a gang of thieves and is accused of having killed a police informer. After being kicked out of the police department, the inspector must discover the truth on his own.



Frame Up was shot at Cinecittà in Rome and on location in San Francisco.[1]


Frame Up was released theatrically in Italy on 13 April 1968 where it was distributed by Unidis.[1] The film grossed a total of 397,425,000 Italian lire on its theatrical run.[1] The film circulated in various edited forms on its initial release.[3] The European version is about Sterling's quest to find a man who murdered his son and framed him for shooting an informant.[3] It is dramatised through flashbacks that lead up to the murder.[4] The American edit of the film was distributed through Heritage Enterprises in 1971 and re-titled The Falling Man which runs at 85 minutes.[1][4] The edit changes the story and has a new English-language dub and a new score by Marcel Lawler.[4]

See also


  1. Curti 2013, p. 21.
  2. Poppi & Pecorari 2007, p. ??.
  3. Curti 2013, p. 22.
  4. Curti 2013, p. 23.


  • Curti, Roberto (2013). Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980. McFarland. ISBN 0786469765.
  • Poppi, Roberto; Pecorari, Mario (2007). Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film (in Italian). Gremese Editore. ISBN 8884405033.

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