A visual delight thanks to director De Sica, this Sellers vehicle is loaded with belly laughs thanks to an uneven but solid script by Simon. As the flamboyantly inept Fox, a master
thief, Sellers breaks jail in order to arrange the passage to Rome of $3 million in gold bullion stolen in
Cairo. After his escape, Sellers pops up almost frame by frame in a host of disguises--a prison doctor, a tourist cameraman, an Italian cop, and a zany New Wave film director, spoofing the avant-garde in a merciless portrayal. Part of that parody has Victor Mature (making a movie within the movie)
as an aging star trussed up with corsets and insisting he wear the threadbare t...