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Chi si ferma è perduto (1960)

When their boss dies two clerks eagerly wait for the next one to arrive. Each one of them hopes to become the apple of his eye. They compete in every possible way to win him over causing ... See full summary »

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Antonio Guardalavecchia
Peppino De Filippo ...
Giuseppe Colabona
Aroldo Tieri ...
Matteo Rossi (II)
Luigi De Filippo ...
Cavallo
Alberto Lionello ...
Mario Rossi
Alberto Talegalli ...
Il cliente che protesta
Angela Portaluri
Mario Castellani ...
Comm. Pasquetti
Lia Zoppelli ...
Comm. Pasquetti's sister
Jacqueline Pierreux ...
Teresa
Luigi Pavese ...
Cesare Santoro
Anna Campori ...
Italia, Guardalavecchia's wife
Pietro De Vico ...
Il cameriere
Renzo Palmer ...
Cavicchioni
Peppino De Martino ...
L'antiquario
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When their boss dies two clerks eagerly wait for the next one to arrive. Each one of them hopes to become the apple of his eye. They compete in every possible way to win him over causing lots of trouble and lots of misunderstandings. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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16 December 1960 (Italy)  »

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Totó Torce o Pepino  »

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Loud comedy, but in a good sense

Two clerks get a new boss. They are eager to get his support for a promotion. But the problem is they are not sure which 'Rossi' it will be. Hilarity ensues.

At first, I had my doubts. It seemed the hysterical, over the top, corny kind of comedy. But I had a couple of laughs and it got better. Although the story is predictable, the energy of this film makes up for it. There so much energy in this film, it will create a smirk on the face of even the worst pessimist. It is a loud comedy – but in a good sense. A lot of tempo, fast paced dialogues and vivid acting.

Another good thing is the acting. The main characters are played by Totó and Peppino De Filippo, famous comedy actors in Italy back in the days. This duo was famous for their 'Totó and Peppino' films, from which Totò, Peppino e la... malafemmina is their most glorified comedy. They are arguably talented for playing comedy, but actually, in this film, I enjoyed the supporting roles better, from lady-killer Luigi De Filippo (Cavallo) and the sentimental Aroldo Tieri (the 'wrong' Rossi).

Nevertheless, you should expect dated comedy, with 'funny music', confusion and the works, and there are a loads of boring scenes as well, in which the characters are just talking with each other for minutes. When those moments were left out, it could have been a fantastic comedy, but also a lot shorter. I rate this 6/10. This was directed early in his career by Sergio Corbucci, famous for his westerns like Django.


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