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Five Dolls for an August Moon (Italian: 5 bambole per la luna d'agosto) is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava. It concerns a group of people who have gathered on a remote island for fun and relaxation. One of the guests is a chemist who has created a revolutionary new chemical process, and several of the attending industrialists are eager to buy it from him. Business problems become a moot point, however, when someone begins killing off the attendees one-by-one.

It is an uncredited adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.


Five Dolls for an August Moon was one of Bava's most obscure films, and did not receive an official American release until 2001 when Image Entertainment distributed it on DVD. After the Image disc went out of print, Anchor Bay re-released as part of the "Mario Bava Collection Volume 2" box set on 23 October 2007. The film was released in France as L'île de l'épouvante / Island of Terror.

Critical reception[]

AllMovie gave it two stars out of five, calling it "a confusing and not terribly exciting whodunit."


  • William Berger as professor Fritz Farrel
  • Ira von Furstenberg as Trudy Farrel
  • Edwige Fenech as Marie Chaney
  • Howard Ross as Jack Davidson
  • Helena Ronee as Peggy Davidson
  • Teodoro Corrà as George Stark
  • Ely Galleani as Isabel
  • Maurice Poli as Nick Chaney