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When in Rome (1952)

An American fugitive flees to Rome and tries to elude capture by masquerading as a priest.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Father John X. Halligan
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Joe Brewster
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Aggiunto Bodulli
Carlo Rizzo ...
Antonio Silesto
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Father McGinniss
Dino Nardi ...
Commissario Genoa
Aldo Silvani ...
Cabby with horse and buggy
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Luigi Lugacetti
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Mrs. Lugacetti
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Rosa
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Ship's Captain
Charles Fawcett ...
Mr. Cates
Alberto Lolli ...
Father Segatini
Adriano Ambrogi ...
Father Mariani
Amina Pirani Maggi ...
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An American fugitive flees to Rome and tries to elude capture by masquerading as a priest.

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10 July 1952 (Portugal)  »

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Abenteuer in Rom  »

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$1,313,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Douglas comments that St. Peter's is bigger than Yankee Stadium. In fact, the Yankee Stadium of 1952 could fit into just the central aisle of St. Peter's. See more »

Goofs

A large moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind Father John when he is in Bodulli's office asking for his help in getting a pardon for Joe. See more »

Quotes

Father John X. Halligan: Holiness often disappears with the daylight.
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Opening card: "1950 was a holy year. Three million pilgrims from every part of the world thronged to Rome, the Eternal City. Our story is about two men who journeyed to Rome that year. One was Father John X. Halligan, a young priest from Coaltown, Pennsylvania, whose mission was a holy one; the other was Joe Brewster, late of Sing Sing, San Quentin, Joliet, and Atlanta, whose mission was not so holy...

If our story has a moral, it's a simple one: God may move in mysterious ways, but He gets there just the same. " See more »

Soundtracks

Hymn 'Panis Angelicus'
by César Franck
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Light drama comes preceded by a moral and an early lump in the throat...both smoothly engineered
10 May 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Producer-director Clarence Brown specialized in moralizing dramas mixed with a touch of Hollywood uplift; "When in Rome" is a first-class example of his straight-laced style, which isn't flexible exactly, but does entertain in its fashion. Dorothy Kingsley and Charles Schnee penned this rather lumpy screenplay about an escaped convict stealing a priest's clothes and identity while on a ship sailing to Italy. The priest soon catches up with the cuddly crook in Rome and helps him to reform, but the police (who apparently have no other pressing engagements on their agenda) are dead-set on bringing the convict in. Lighthearted (and occasionally lightheaded), feel-good religious nonsense, bolstered by the wonderful locales and by solid lead performances from Van Johnson and Paul Douglas. Douglas may be the most benign criminal in movie history, and director Brown plays off the actor's aw-shucks inner-goodness by giving Douglas some engaging scenes (such as a familiar one--the fake priest being asked to say grace--which still works a little magic). The finale is pure hokum, but it too is done with such sincerity that only curmudgeons could balk. **1/2 from ****


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