Italian theatrical poster
|Directed by|| Luigi Carpentieri |
|Produced by||Saverio D'Amico |
|Written by|| Dudley Leslie |
|Screenplay by||Ákos Tolnay|
|Story by||Dorothy Hope|
|Starring|| Phyllis Calvert |
|Music by||Fernando Ludovico Lunghi|
|Cinematography|| Anchise Brizzi |
|Edited by||Carmen Belaieff|
Produttore Films Internazionali
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
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