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.
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 recording the eulogy, Wendell says "The evil that men do", and then interrupts himself. This is a quotation from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" (Act 3, Scene II). The full line is "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones". See more »
The five Wall Street Journal copies on the table are all the same date. See more »
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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