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It Started in Naples (1960)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  7 August 1960 (USA)
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Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Mario Vitale
Marietto ...
Nando Hamilton
Paolo Carlini ...
Giovanni Filidoro ...
Claudio Ermelli ...
Bob Cunningham ...
Don Mc Guire - Train Passenger
Marco Tulli
Carlo Rizzo
Yvonne Monlaur


Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old little boy named Nando, who is being raised by Michael's sister-in-law Lucia Curcio. Mike immediately disapproves of Nando's Italian-style (in other words "lax") education. To make matters worse, Lucia happens to be ... a sexy nightclub dancer. This is too much for a puritan like Mike and the only solution in his eyes is to have the boy brought up in the States... Written by Guy Bellinger

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7 August 1960 (USA)  »

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It Started in Naples  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sofia Loren received top-billing over Clark Gable during its European engagements. See more »


When Nando and Mike are watching the parade together, there are different people around them depending upon whether it is a close or long shot. See more »


Mario Vitale: A man can be a pig and a lawyer at the same time.
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Referenced in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) See more »


Tu vuò fà l'Americano
by Renato Carosone and Nicola Salerno
Sung by Sophia Loren
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Those Americanos, Americanos
11 July 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was the first Clark Gable movie I ever remember seeing and I saw it in the old Marine Theatre in Brooklyn. Turned out also to be the last one Clark Gable got to see released as The Misfits was released after Gable's demise.

He's an honest to God Philadelphia lawyer who had a brother who deserted his wife and took off for Italy where he lived with another woman. The brother has died and Gable has gone to Italy to settle the estate.

The estate's one very tangible asset was the brother's son played very winningly by Marietto. Mom is deceased also and the boy is living with her sister and who wouldn't want an aunt who looked like Sophia Loren. It's a custody battle and the question the movie asks is how will the issue be settled, in or out of court?

Gable's certainly a mature leading man playing about 15 to 20 years younger than he is, but he carries it off well. And Sophia Loren is wonderful to see.

But the real star of this film is the Isle of Capri, one of the most beautiful spots on this old planet. Capri was getting a lot of publicity from Hollywood. Only a year before Mario Lanza's last film, For the First Time, also was shot a great deal in Capri. After these two films the tourist business must have boomed.

Sophia Loren has a few nice numbers to sing and one of them was the song Americano. It had a revival a few years ago in Matt Damon's The Talented Mr. Ripley. But Sophia's version is soooooooooo much better.

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