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It Started in Naples (1960)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 7 August 1960 (USA)
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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Mario Vitale
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Nando Hamilton
Paolo Carlini ...
Renzo
Giovanni Filidoro ...
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Claudio Ermelli ...
Luigi
Bob Cunningham ...
Don Mc Guire - Train Passenger
Marco Tulli
Carlo Rizzo
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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 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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C'est arrivé à Naples  »

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Trivia

The plot was devised for a British film project, intended to star Gracie Fields (a well-known real-life Capri resident). When financing could not be raised, the storyline was sold to Paramount, and then elaborately re-written so that the Fields character became an American man, played by Clark Gable. See more »

Goofs

When Mike rather roughly pulls Lucia off her bed (c.33 minutes) she falls onto a rug which has rather obvious padding underneath it to soften her fall. In the brief subsequent shots the padding is missing and the rug now covers only the floor. See more »

Quotes

Michael Hamilton: How are people supposed to sleep on this island?
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Connections

Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Carina
by A. Testa and R. Poes
Sung by Sophia Loren
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Tu vuo fa Americano!
15 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just got this movie, as it was just released in July 2005 on DVD. I'd seen it before on TV and had rented it before on VHS. Not sure what it is about this movie, but it's so full of charm! The beautiful landscapes and backdrops of Naples and Capri make it worth the view alone (Not to mention Sophia Loren; Viva Italia!) This was Clark Gable's second-to-last film, I believe, and as he was a bit miscast in the role (he was 59 or so), he pulls off the role of pushy Philadelphian lawyer, Mike Hamilton, with style. Sophia Loren's character, Lucia Curcio, is so lovably "Italian", she really shines in this role. It's also very interesting to see the evolution (or de-evolution) of Hollywood's current concept of sexiness when watching Sophia in this film; she exudes it while most modern-day actresses need all the help they can get...with surgery! Marietto Angeletti plays an 8-year old Nando, the nephew of both leads; truly gifted young actor and you'll love his character. And Also, veteran Italian actor Vittorio De Sica seems so natural in his role as the Neapolitan lawyer Mario Vitale, very believable.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable film and I'd recommend it for everyone. Who knows, it may start a resurgence of tourism to the area!


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