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
Eugene Kim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Life. Family. Love.
Did You Know?
The opening title sequence was originally played on the score from "La bohème" opera but was changed to the Dean Martin track "That's Amore" as the preview drew negative test audience reaction. Many shifted uncomfortably on their seats thinking that they had been lured into an art film. See more
When Loretta tells Cosmo she is getting married, the wine glasses and bottle do not match when the camera cuts from Loretta to Cosmo. 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 Monster in a Box
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
(uncredited) See more