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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Ranked #8 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Romantic Comedy" in June 2008. See more
Johnny proposes to Loretta at the conclusion of a leisurely dinner (complete with celebratory after-dinner champagne) in a crowded Italian restaurant that suggests that the meal is taking place well into the evening. Yet after the proposal, the couple still somehow manages to drive from Brooklyn to the airport, park and arrive for takeoff in advance on an international flight that is leaving at 9:30 pm. See more
Would anyone like some oatmeal?
Yes, Mrs. Castorini, I would LOVE some oatmeal.
No, we don't want any oatmeal!
Referenced in The Critic: Dr. Jay
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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