Review: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)

Leather gloves, razor blades and a naked Edwige Fenech. These are the main ingredients for a classic “Giallo”!

stragedvd“THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS WARDH” (Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh)

Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Edwige Fenech, George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov
Distributor: Shameless
Runtime: 97 mins.

“My specialty is courting ladies in the presence of their husbands.”


Mrs. Wardh is a young woman married to a diplomat. When they arrive in her home town, her troubled past with a sadomasochistic ex-boyfriend comes back to haunt her. She gets into a torrid affair with the playboy George, leaving her husband for a while. With these three men and a psycho killer on the streets getting dangerously close to Mrs. Wardh, the twisted story unfolds.


In just three years director Sergio Martino made five giallos, all of them are classics. This is the first of his gialli. “Mrs Wardh” is a very typical giallo from the period, bearing all the classic signs of the genre. It was a well made, suspenseful and entertaining flick. It has nice settings, cool soundtrack and a story that is never boring. Also, the movie delivers all what a sweaty exploitation-geek need in flesh and killings.

Highly recommended!


The fully uncut Shameless DVD is looking good. As always they have done a dedicated and nice release. Also included is an interesting interview with director Sergio Martino.