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The Italian Cruise: The Venetian Love Song/Down for the Count/Arrividerci, Gopher/The Arrangement: Part 1 

The crew goes to Italy to work on a cruise ship there. Among the passengers is a family whose patriarch and matriarch (Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters) originally came from Italy and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Carmen Rosselli (as Candy Azzara)
Paulo De Matzee
Francesca Randall (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
Dominic Rosselli
Signor Falzoni (as Rosanno Brazzi)
Roberto Di Nardi / Enzo Carducci
Christopher Norris ...
Angelica Franchini
Maria Rosselli
Teresa Rosselli


The crew goes to Italy to work on a cruise ship there. Among the passengers is a family whose patriarch and matriarch (Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters) originally came from Italy and accompanying them are their 2 daughters (Candice Azzara and Meredith Baxter) and granddaughter (Marie Osmond). Into the trip, the couple bicker to the point that they're considering separating. One of the daughters (Baxter) is meeting someone on a sort of blind date but, not known to her, is a gigolo (David Birney). And the granddaughter (Osmond), who's been promised to another guy back home, meets a local (John James) and is attracted to him. And Gopher meets a local woman (Christopher Norris), who says he reminds her of someone she knows. While on shore, the man, who's the spitting image of Gopher, kidnaps him and assumes his identity. Written by

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




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2 October 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sold On Borgnine and Winters From the Poseidon Adventure
5 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Back when this episode aired, it was promoted on reuniting Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters from a decade earlier when they sailed on the Poseidon.

I finally watched the episode and was thoroughly disappointed. Where to begin? John James, David Birney, Christopher Norris and Fred Grandy in a dual role, all doing Italian accents. Big misses all the way around.

Why waste Birney as an Italian gigolo? Why have the character insist he is a count and a parttime actor, but must work as a gigolo for rich American women? Why not just say he is a football player as well? American football player of course.

Top this all off with the endless sight-seeing of Rome, with little narrations by Captain Stubing placed over the sites.

The music grew increasingly irritating in part one, not as bad in part two.

After all of this, little things like Borgnine saying to Winters when they left the old country stand out. They were supposed to be Italian immigrants. They were IN the old country.

About the only thing that stood out authentic was when Borgning gives the flowers intended for Winters to a little girl and she curtsies to him. Most natural looking Italian bit in the whole show.

Watches like an oddity.

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