Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.
A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to re-jump start his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Originally made with a German soundtrack for screening in occupied Germany and Austria, this film was the first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi ... See full summary »
Baltimore industrialist Wendell Armbruster crosses paths with London shop girl Pamela Piggott when they come to Ischia to pick up the bodies of her mother and his father, who have been killed in an automobile accident after a ten-year summertime affair. Straitlaced Wendell tries to avoid a scandal while free-spirited Pamela is impressed by the romantic setting. After some confusion with the bodies and a blackmail attempt by unscrupulous locals, Wendell and Pamela extend their parent's affair into the next generation. Written by
When the US flag was draped over the coffin at the end of the movie, the canton (the blue field with stars) was over the upper left of the coffin, as viewed from the foot of the coffin. The canton is to go to the upper right of the coffin, the deceased's left shoulder. See more »
What the hell is going on in this country? This wouldn't have in the old days!
Man at the heliport:
You remember Mussolini?
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There is not much to add to the favorable comments contained herein by viewers who have seen this, one of Billy Wilder's most successful, and overlooked, efforts. There are 5 things that make this film click, not necessarily in order of importance 1) the cinematography of the Isle of Ischia 2) Billy Wilder's direction 3) Wilder & Diamond's script 4) Jack Lemmon 5) Clive Revil as the hotel manager. A charming and whimsical movie which one hopes would be seen more often on one of the cable movie channels. My favorite scene: Carlucci introduces Wendell to the Trotta brothers ("That's a lotta Trottas.")
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