“THE PYJAMA GIRL CASE”— Based on a Real Event

“The Pyjama Girl Case”

Based on a Real Event

Amos Lassen

Director Flavio Mogherini brought the Italian giallo genre to Australia with “The Pyjama Girl Case”. The body of a young woman is found on the beach, shot in the head, burned to hide her identity and dressed in distinctive yellow pyjamas. With the Sydney police stumped, former Inspector Timpson (Ray Milland) comes out of retirement to crack the case. He pieces together the sad story of Dutch immigrant Glenda Blythe (Dalila Di Lazzaro) and the unhappy chain of events which led to her death. The movie was inspired by the real-life case which baffled the Australian police and continues to cause controversy and unanswered questions still today.

The victim was found on a beach, w/ her face burned beyond recognition. The police decide to put the charred, naked remains on public display in hopes that someone will recognize her and come forward. Thompson thinks this plan is nonsense. While he runs down leads, we are introduced to a woman named Glenda who has various, simultaneous affairs w/ men, one of whom is played by Mel Ferrer. The cops suspect a pervert, while Thompson seeks out his own clues. Glenda continues on in her complicated love life, which gets even more complicated as two of her lovers decide to take action against her and Glenda takes on three additional, totally anonymous lovers at once.. While the central idea of this movie is actually pretty interesting, and the final revelation is surprising, the film itself is much too long.

The screenplay uses the same names as the real people in 1934. The film is set in the 1970’s and in fact the whole movie other than a few facts is fiction.


Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks

Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

New video interview with author and critic Michael Mackenzie on the internationalism of the giallo

New video interview with actor Howard Ross

New video interview with editor Alberto Tagliavia

Archival interview with composer Riz Ortolani

Image gallery

Italian theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector s booklet featuring new writing by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

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