Loretta Castorini, a Brooklyn bookkeeper in her late 30s whose husband died several years earlier in a bus accident, decides it's time to get married again. So she accepts the proposal of a nice, middle-aged fellow named Johnny Cammareri. Loretta is convinced her first marriage was cursed because she and her husband had gotten married at City Hall; this time, she's determined to do things right, even as she admits to her mother, Rose, that she's not really in love with Johnny. (To which Rose replies: "Good. When you love them, they drive you crazy, 'cause they know they can." Rose speaks from rueful experience; she suspects, with good reason, that her husband, Cosmo, is cheating on her.) Loretta is convinced that marrying Johnny is the safe and sure thing to do - until she meets his estranged younger brother Ronny, who tends the ovens in a neighborhood bakery. Loretta discovers that in startling contrast to the pleasant, mild-mannered Johnny, Ronny is moody and passionate; what follow... Written by
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Life. Family. Love.
Did You Know?
John Mahoney later revealed that his role in the film got him widespread attention, helping him get cast in the TV series Frasier. See more
During Loretta and Ronny's conversation in Ronny's kitchen, Loretta's glass of whiskey switches back and forth between shots, from near the centre of the table to Loretta's hand. See more
[after seeing La Boheme
That was so awful.
Beautiful... sad. She died!
I was surprised... You know, I didn't really think she was gonna die. I knew she was sick.
She had TB.
I know! I mean, she was coughing her brains out, and still she had to keep singing!
Referenced in New York at the Movies
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
(uncredited) See more