Gruff, bestubbled N.Y. cop Luigi Mackeroni (Udo Samel), who can drink a glass of whiskey without taking a cigarette out of his mouth, is called in to investigate a case where male organs are mysteriously being bitten off in the seedy Hotel Quickie. Using a room there for some R&R with male prostitute Billy (Marc Richter), Mackeroni narrowly avoids the same fate when a condom attacks his nether regions and makes off with one of his testicles.
Back at his apartment, Mackeroni later kills one of the condoms (which sport a Jaws-like row of teeth) and traces their provenance to a supplier in Queens. Panic hits the city when presidential candidate Dick McGouvern (Georg-Martin Bode) loses his first name, and Mackeroni meanwhile suspects a kidnapped scientist, Professor Smirnoff (Ralf Wolter), of being involved in the condom manufacturing. The cops go undercover into N.Y.’s S&M gay scene for more clues.
The comedy isn’t pitched much higher than a “Carry On” movie, and absolutely no account is taken of possible offensiveness to sexual minorities. But thanks to surprisingly slick production values, a no-holds-barred hard-nosed perf by Samel (complete with film noir voiceover) and a busy, character-filled plot, the whole confection manages not to run out of gas by the second reel. Movie gags pop up here and there, but in general the approach is more professional than sophomoric.
Film smoothly blends Big Apple exteriors with interiors shot at Babelsberg Studios, near Berlin. Special effects are by none other than Joerg Buttgereit, Germany’s low-budget sickmeister, with H.R. Giger credited as artistic consultant. Print caught was the subtitled, rather than dubbed, version.