Set in the 19th century, Buried Alive is placed in context with the struggles of Italian patriot Garibaldi to bring unity and equality to his land. The hero is Giorgio (Piero Palermini), a pro-Garibaldi activist. The villain, Federico (Paul Muller), is not only a despot, but an ungrateful son: he murders his stepmother and throws his stepsister into a dungeon (hence the film's English-language title). Will justice prevail? The film served as an important stepping-stone to stardom for Milly Vitale, cast as the woebegone prisoner. Buried Alive didn't make much of an impression when it was distributed theatrically in the U.S., though it did show up with great frequency on television in the 1950s and 1960s.
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