Rome Adventure (1962)

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Prudence resigns from her teaching position after being criticized for giving a student her copy of a romance novel. She sails for Italy, takes a job at a small bookstore in Rome, and meets... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Don Porter
Roberto Orlandi
Lyda Kent
Albert Stillwell
Constance Ford ...
Daisy Bronson
Al Hirt
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
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Gertrude Flynn ...
Mrs. Riggs
Agnes Hutton
Lili Valenty ...
Mary Patton ...
Mrs. Helen Bell
Maurice Wells ...
Mr. Bell


Prudence resigns from her teaching position after being criticized for giving a student her copy of a romance novel. She sails for Italy, takes a job at a small bookstore in Rome, and meets Don, who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Prudence and Don tour Italy together, and romance naturally follows. Written by Dennis Lewis <>

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THIS was her European plan for learning about love...


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21 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lovers Must Learn  »

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1.66 : 1
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The establishing shot of Briarcroft College For Women at the beginning of the film is actually an outtake from the film "Parrish" made a year earlier. It is a shot of Paige Raike returning home on her bicycle after having spoken with Parrish at the tobacco field. See more »


Daisy Bronson: The first time a good-looking Italian man pinched my bottom, I said, "This is for me!"
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Referenced in The Great Santini (1979) See more »


Al di là
Music by Mogol
Lyrics by Carlo Donida
Performed by Al Hirt
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Two young Americans find their way to love in gorgeous Italy! Beautiful scenery as the audience is taken in a tour of Italy! Entertaining and informative! You will want to get on the plane and go to Italy!
20 March 1999 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Prudence, Assistant Librarian, Suzanne Pleshette (The Birds, Newhart) resigns from the preppie and all women school Braiarcroft because of the book "Lovers Must Learn" that she lends to a student. The Faculty Board did not approve, and she was forced to resign. She wants to live her life and to really fall in love as the book has inspired her. She goes to Italy and she gets a job at a book store run by an American woman who lives in Italy.

When in Italy she meets, Don, Troy Donahue (The Godfather Trilogy, Imitation of Life), a graduate student in Architecture, who is working on his thesis, in Italian architecture. They fall madly in love. He had this mistress Lydia, Angie Dickinson(Dressed to Kill). Rossano Brazzi plays this really lovable Italian gentleman (Roberto) whom Prudence meets on her way to Italy. He is really a nice guy and also friends of Don. Don and Prudence go on a tour around Italy by bus and then on his Vespa. It is a beautiful love story!. It is a love story, an old fashion love story as the people in love still sleep in separate beds and rooms. My favorite scenes in this movie are: the fluffy dog, Don playing with a piece of grass and caressing Prudence's face with it, the scenery of Italy, the friendliness of the Italian people, and their "savior de vivre," and ultimately when Don meets Prudence back in the States with this huge candelabra in his hands! I have such good memories of this movies that I have to give it a ten. The chemistry between Pleshette and Donahue is outstanding. They fall in love in real life in this movie. I was very disappointed when Suzanne and Troy were separated after a short marriage, I believe they were married one month. But I guess some love stories only have happy endings in the movies. I have the video, but the video it is not easily available at your rental video store. I highly recommend this gorgeous love story!

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