Fine Pair, A (1968): Maselli’s Unfunny Crime-Comedy, Starring Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale

One of Rock Hudson’s worst movies, A Fine Pair (original title Ruba al prossimo tuo), the Italian crime-comedy directed by Francesco Maselli, pairs him with Claudia Cardinale.

A Fine Pair
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Original movie poster

Our Grade: C- (*out of *****)

Hudson plays a New York policeman, who unintentionally helps a sexy female thief (Cardinale) who has planned to steal the jewels of an Austrian villa.

There is no chemistry between Hudson and Cardinale, and the scenario, which lacks any interesting (or secondary) characters, is neither funny nor suspensful.

The only satisfying element is Morricone’s reliable score.

Rock Hudson as Captain Mike Harmon
Claudia Cardinale as Esmeralda Marini
Tomas Milian as Roger
Leon Askin as Chief Wellman
Ellen Corby as Maddy Walker
Walter Giller as Franz
Guido Alberti as Uncle Camillo Marini
Peter Dane as Albert Kinsky
Tony Lo Bianco as Officer McClusky


Directed by Francesco Maselli
Produced by Léo L. Fuchs
Written by Francesco Maselli, Luisa Montagnana, Virgil C. Leone
Music by Ennio Morricone
Cinematography Alfio Contini
Edited by Nicoletta Nardi

Production company: Cinema Center Films, Vides Cinematografica

Distributed by National General Pictures

Release date: 1968

Running time: 89 minutes