A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe [DVD] [1975]

This spaghetti western -- of interest to fans of the genre because of Sergio Leone's uncredited participation in the project -- gets a straightforward presentation on DVD in this release from Wham! USA. A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (aka Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo) has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, though the image hasn't been enhanced for anamorphic playback. The quality of the image is flawed; many of the interior sequences are dark and muddy looking, while the color balance shifts noticeably several times during the film. Supposedly this film has always suffered from visual flaws -- parts of the negative were stolen during production, and some of the scenes had to be rescued from work prints -- but since the color flaws could be corrected for DVD fairly easily, it's unfortunate that Wham! USA didn't bother to give the movie a proper restoration. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo, retaining the original monophonic sound track, and has been dubbed into English, with no multiple language options or subtitled; the sound quality is good if not great, though the sometimes faulty dubbing often distracts from the film. The only bonus materials are biographies and filmographies for the leading cast members, and the text is small enough to be difficult to read on many televisions. While spaghetti western fans will be glad to see this film finally readily available in North America, both the movie and its presentation on disc are nothing special, and interested parties may want to rent this disc and give it a look before purchasing.
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Special Features

  • Full length feature film
  • Scene access
  • Enhanced audio
  • Digitally remastered
  • Regions: all regions


Un Genio, Due Compari, un Pollo
An amiable con man sets out to land a big score from a man even less honorable than himself in this comic spaghetti western. Joe Thanks (Terence Hill) is a swindler and quick-draw artist who wanders into a dusty little town after literally falling out of a stagecoach while asleep. After besting card-sharp Doc Foster (Klaus Kinski) in a public shootout, Joe reconnects with his old friend Steam Engine Bill (Robert Charlebois), who is traveling with his beautiful but dizzy-headed girlfriend Lucy (Miou-Miou). Joe has learned that Major Cabot (Patrick McGoohan), an officer in the U.S. Cavalry, is escorting a $300,000 fortune that's been earmarked for Indian relief efforts; however, Cabot has no intention of actually delivering the cash, so Joe hatches a scheme to take it for himself. Bill, who bears a slight resemblance to Cabot, will pose as the officer and intercept the money, but when Bill and Lucy are found out and jailed, Joe must come to their rescue. While his name does not appear in the credits, Sergio Leone is said to have co-produced Un Genio, Due Compari, Un Pollo (aka A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe) and directed the pre-credit sequence, with Damiano Damiani helming the rest of the picture and receiving screen credit. In Germany, the film was released as Nobody ist der Grosste (aka Nobody is the Greatest) and marketed as an unofficial sequel to Il Mio Nome e Nessuno (aka My Name Is Nobody). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Miou-Miou
    Miou-Miou - Lucy
  • Robert Charlebois
    Robert Charlebois - Locomotive Bill
  • Patrick McGoohan
    Patrick McGoohan - Maj. Cabot
  • Klaus Kinski
    Klaus Kinski - Doc Foster
  • Terence Hill
    Terence Hill - Joe Thanks
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