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.
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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
Loretta goes to the liquor store after returning from the airport and orders a bottle of wine. The male clerk says the price is $11.99 and Loretta hands him a bill which he gives his wife who puts it in the cash register. The wife hands the change to her husband who then hands two bills and a coin to Lorreta saying it was the change for her twenty. Even if sales tax was not disclosed to Loretta, two bills and one coin can not possibly make up the correct change for a twenty dollar bill. See more
Have I been a good wife?
I want you to stop seeing her.
[Cosmo rises, slams the table once, and sits down again
And go to confession.
Referenced in It's My Party
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
(uncredited) See more