Franco Franchi’s catastrophic police sergeant parodies Bud Spencer’s Piedone
The Sicilian actor’s unmistakable humour, in a comedy detective film set on the streets of Naples
Following the success of Bud Spencer’s Officer Piedone, Franco Franchi looses no time in pulling on a police uniform so that he can make a mess of everything he touches. The Sicilian comic, here without his trusted sidekick Ciccio Ingrassia, still retains every bit of his unmistakable mimetic and verbal talents. However, the film is not solely based on the genius of Franchi’s comic art. It will also be much appreciated by lovers of Italian detective films (better known as poliziottesco to fans of the genre), with its convincing action sequences, believable urban setting (the streets of Naples) and fast-paced plot.
The incompetent Sergeant Petralia carelessly provides valuable information to Maria, the girl he has fallen in love with. Unfortunately for him, the girl’s family is in league with a criminal gang that takes full advantage of such information to carry out robberies, smuggling activities and even kidnappings. But in the end, it is thanks to Maria that the bungling cop manages to rout the bad guys. As a result of which, he becomes so famous that he is called to the USA to investigate a case known as “Watergate”.