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Too Bad She's Bad (1954)

Peccato che sia una canaglia (original title)
When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can't possibly know that this will have ... See full summary »

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Vittorio Stroppiani
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Lina Stroppiani
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Paolo
Giorgio Sanna ...
Peppino
Michael Simone ...
Totò
Margherita Bagni ...
Elsa, moglie di Michele
Wanda Benedetti ...
Valeria, moglie di Carletto
Maria Britneva ...
La turista inglese (as Maria Britnewa)
Manlio Busoni ...
Il funzionario della Casa per il Mezzogiorno
Giulio Calì ...
La guardia notturna
Pietro Carloni ...
Il signore intriguante
Memmo Carotenuto ...
Cesare, il tassinaro
Marga Cella ...
La padrona del bar
Pasquale Cennamo ...
Nino Dal Fabbro ...
Il radiologo
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When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can't possibly know that this will have far reaching consequences... Written by Michel Hafner <mhafner@imdb.com>

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29 April 1955 (Belgium)  »

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Dommage que tu sois une canaille  »

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An entertaining Italian screwball comedy.
9 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the last century's great life forces Sophia Loren is on fine display in this entertaining piece of screwball Italiano as she teams up with Marcello Mastroianni for the first of fifteen pairings. Loren is Lina Stroppiani who along with her father (Vittorio De Sica) are professional thieves. With two male accomplices Lina attempts to steal Paolo's (Mastroianni) taxi but instead of taking her to the police he grudgingly and through much frustration falls for her.

Too Bad's thin and inane plot is brusquely carried along by the energetic, suave and sexy style of its cast. Loren's face, breasts and hips seduce the camera and dominate the scenery as she understandably flusters the comic Marcello. Loren's presence negates anyone stealing the film from her but De Sica as her father shrewdly manipulates with a suave charm, especially in one of the film's final scenes where he all but takes over a police station.

Over a half a century later Too Bad She's Bad retains its comic energy and entertainment value much in part to the ideal melding of opera and screwball and the earthy blinding presence of the stunning Ms. Loren strolling the sidewalks of Rome.


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