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What Scoundrels Men Are! (1932)

Gli uomini, che mascalzoni... (original title)
Bruno, a young Milanese driver, falls in love with Mariuccia, dependent on a perfumery. Wanting to impress her, he shows up for their first date, in his employer's car.

Director:

Mario Camerini

Writers:

Mario Camerini (story), Aldo De Benedetti (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lia Franca ... Mariuccia
Vittorio De Sica ... Bruno
Cesare Zoppetti Cesare Zoppetti ... Tadino
Aldo Moschino Aldo Moschino ... Count Piazzi
Carola Lotti Carola Lotti ... Gina (as Pia Lotti)
Anna D'Adria Anna D'Adria ... Letizia
Gemma Schirato Gemma Schirato ... Widow
Maria Montesano Maria Montesano ... Candies woman
María Denis ... (uncredited)
Tino Erler Tino Erler ... Mario Castelli (uncredited)
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Bruno, a young Milanese driver, falls in love with Mariuccia, dependent on a perfumery. Wanting to impress her, he shows up for their first date, in his employer's car.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Director Mario Camerini feared that Vittorio de Sica was too thin for the part. In romantic scenes, the director had de Sica place wads of cotton in his cheeks so they wouldn't look so sallow. De Sica later recounted that when he was speaking his lines, tiny strands of white cotton would slip out of his mouth. See more »

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Featured in My Voyage to Italy (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Parlami d'amore Mariù
(uncredited)
Music by Cesare A. Bixio
Lyrics by Ennio Neri and Dardanell - Dix Dennie
Performed by Vittorio De Sica and Zarah Leander
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Appealing early sound De Sica rom com.
10 April 2011 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Nice, small scale romantic comedy, already offering an appealing star couple and many of the features of later Italian Realism.

Dismissed as "Signor Biciclette" by the perfume shop girls, cloth cap mechanic Vittorio borrows the car he's repairing at the garage and collects the appealing Lia Franca for a run, ending at the riverside cafe, where the old couple have put a coin in the proto juke boy, which plays "Love's last Word Is Spoken," for Vittorio and Lia to dance but their idyllic afternoon is disturbed by the boss' wife who has spotted the car and sees this as a lift home, stranding Lia.

Calamities and misunderstanding accumulate, with the leads finally working at a Milanese Industrial Fair. This generates a rather winning ending to this advanced, agreeable, light weight.

The film more than stands comparison with contemporary product (eg. the films of René Clair,) shooting material in real locations, which would have been done in a studio in Hollywood or Paris, and foregrounding working class characters, anticipating the neo realist films. There's even an unemployment sub-plot.

De Sica is billed under Franca, the lead of RESURRECTIO, the first Italian sound film. It's probably his first talkie and he's perfectly relaxed and natural. Designer Medin will accompany him on his career.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 December 1933 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Kyllä miehet ovat roistoja See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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