I Saw A Film!

It is very hard to resist a product about a masked professional wrestler who occasionally must assist the government in countering the ambitions of evil-doers. In this case, a medical scientist, played by Guy Madison, who has been kidnapping athletes and turning them into, not faceless giants, but very much regular-sized robotically enhanced henchmen that beep incessantly and have faces.

It is well that the script does include a bit of hesitation in the official employment of a masked wrestler as an agent of law, but as Superargo himself says, he wears the costume because it gave him good luck. Oh, well, if it gives you good luck, by all means. It also turns out that the lightweight, polyester-looking suit is bullet-proof! As best as I can tell “super argo” means super ego. And it’s about the best I can do with this Italian wrestling hero. Most of Superargo’s solutions involve a lot of wrestling, and occasionally throwing a spear. Perhaps more of our officials should be masked, though, I am guessing more opportunities to hide identities would not lead us to anything we could feel particularly proud of.

The leading lady is one I’ve seen before in thrillers like Bloody Pit of Horror, Luisa Barratto, but most of her role here is just walking around and looking spooky (come to think of it, that’s mostly what she did in that movie too). Superargo’s strength is beyond natural human capacity, even for a professional wrestler and left entirely unexplained. At one point he manages to save the day against numerous foes by pulling a telephone pole out of the ground and wielding it as a weapon. He also seems to have the same vocal actor that played the Crimson Executioner in Bloody Pit of Horror, a very soothing baritone hero’s timber.

Best of all though are the very recognizable wrestling sequences, Superargo comes out of retirement and returns to the ring to infiltrate the kidnapping. Hurricaneranas and seated leg-launches show a popular style very recognizable to pro-wrestling fans, so little has changed.

This is running free on prime, and a good laugh if you’re the type who can enjoy a good cheesy Italian superhero that may have been lifting the nefarious success of El Santo (love El Santo). These films seem to have acquired titles that don’t stick to them (or aren’t really descriptive of the contents), so knowing a particular title beyond the titular hero is flimsy connection.

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