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15 January 1952 (USA) See more »
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Bonar Colleano ... Bob Mitchell
Barbara Kelly ... Lesley - American Magazine Editor
Anne Vernon ... Jeannine Meunier
Karin Himboldt ... Charlotte Smith (as Karin Himbold)
Lily Kann ... Charlady (as Lily Kahn)
Danny Green ... Levinsky
Carl Jaffe ... Charlotte's Brother
MacDonald Parke ... New York Magazine Editor
Althea Orr ... Matron (as Aletha Orr)
Lana Morris ... Delia Morel Romanoff
Eva Bartok ... Kathaline Telek

Gina Lollobrigida ... Maria Severini
Geoffrey Sumner ... Wingco
Philip Leaver ... Italian Official
Annette Poivre ... Annette
Charles Irwin ... London Editor
Arthur Gomez ... Carabinieri
Dany Dauberson
Andrew Irvine ... Jimmy
Vera Molnar

O.W. Fischer
Terence Alexander
Raymond Bussières ... Jeannine's brother

Marcello Mastroianni ... Aldo Mazzetti

Enzo Staiola ... A Boy
Liliana Tellini

Lamberto Maggiorani
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivan Craig
Claire Gérard ... Jeannine's Neighbor (uncredited)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Nazi (uncredited)

Directed by
Romolo Marcellini (segment "Rome")
Emil E. Reinert (segment "Paris") (as E. E. Reinert)
Wolfgang Staudte (segment "Berlin")
Montgomery Tully (London segment)
Géza von Cziffra (segment "Vienna")
Irma von Cube (uncredited)
Writing credits
Maurice J. Wilson (story)

Jacques Companéez  screenplay (Paris segment)
Patrick Kirwan  screenplay (London segment)
Richard Llewellyn  screenplay (Rome segment)
Alexander Paal  idea
Piero Tellini  screenplay (Vienna segment)
Günther Weisenborn  screenplay (Berlin segment)

Produced by
Ermanno Donati .... producer
Walter Koppel .... producer
Guy Lacourt .... producer
Boris Morros .... producer
Alexander Paal .... executive producer
Paul Pantaléon .... producer (as Paul Pantaleen)
Géza von Cziffra .... producer
Maurice J. Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Hajos 
Francesco Mander 
Hans May 
Cinematography by
Friedl Behn-Grund 
Ludwig Berger 
Roger Dormoy 
Giuseppe La Torre 
Gordon Lang 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
Art Direction by
Jean d'Eaubonne 
Fritz Jüptner-Jonstorff 
Walter Kutz 
Robert Renzo 
Don Russell 
Production Management
Piero Piguti .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mario Chiari .... assistant director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy C. Binney .... wardrobe
Other crew
Boris Morros .... presenter
Kathleen Sinnott .... continuity
Maurice J. Wilson .... presenter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Tale of Five Cities" - UK (original title)
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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15258) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Italian visa # 10879 delivered on 8-11-1951.See more »
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Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006)See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The only good thing is the scenery, 27 February 2014
Author: SnoopyStyle

Bob Mitchell (Bonar Colleano) is an English man who speaks with an American accent. He's a world-traveling circus acrobat, but after falling off a chandelier in a German bar, he suffers amnesia. He is assumed to be an American. They find clues to his identities with five bank notes from five European countries, each with a different girl's name plus a picture of a baby. Lesley (Barbara Kelly) from a magazine proposes to send him to all five countries in order to find his past. The movie has five local shoots of Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Paris and London. Each one is shot with a different crew including different directors and writers.

The setup is terribly clunky and just an excuse to get Bob to 5 different cities. I do notice that the movie genre is listed as Drama, Mystery, Romance, and War. It's missing Comedy. I think they do try to make a comedy. Of course, they fail badly. Maybe that's why nobody included Comedy as the genre. Bonar Colleano is very wooden and lack the comedic skills. About the only thing that is interesting is the scenery of post War Europe.

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