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A Man About the House (1947)

Agnes and Ellen Isit, two poor English sisters, unexpectedly inherit from their uncle a rich estate near Naples, complete with big villa and manly Italian majordomo. The latter, Salvatore, ... See full summary »

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Leslie Arliss

Writers:

Francis Brett Young (the screen adaptation of novel), John Perry (dramatisation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Margaret Johnston ... Agnes Isit
Dulcie Gray ... Ellen Isit
Kieron Moore ... Salvatore
Guy Middleton ... Sir Benjamin Dench
Felix Aylmer ... Ronald Sanctuary
Lilian Braithwaite ... Mrs. Armitage
Jone Salinas Jone Salinas ... Maria
Marisa Finiani Marisa Finiani ... Assunta (as Maria Fimiani)
Fulvia De Priamo Fulvia De Priamo ... Gita
Nicola Esposito Nicola Esposito ... Antonino
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Higgs
Wilfrid Caithness Wilfrid Caithness ... Solicitor (as Wilfred Caithness)
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Agnes and Ellen Isit, two poor English sisters, unexpectedly inherit from their uncle a rich estate near Naples, complete with big villa and manly Italian majordomo. The latter, Salvatore, makes use of his Latin charm to seduce Agnes, who soon turns from prim spinster to passionate lover. Ellen observes the romance with amusement first before realizing how little considerate Salvatore becomes after marrying Agnes. Worse, Agnes's health starts deteriorating. Worried about her sister, she contacts Dr. Ben Dench, a family friend... Written by Guy Bellinger

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sister | based on novel | See All (2) »

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He promised love, fiesta and fear!

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Drama

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Kieron Moore receives 'and introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

When Salvatore climbs to the top of the cliff after collecting the eggs, Sir Benjamin Dench (the doctor) is only a few inches away from the cliff edge. In the next scene he is further away. See more »

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Flipping Naples
14 January 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Sisters Margaret Johnston (Agmes) and Dulcie Gray (Ellen) inherit a villa and some land in Naples and head on over to check it out. Their reserved Britishness contrasts markedly with the Italian way of life and new head of household Kieran Moore (Salvatore). He likes the ladies! He is also keen on one day winning back all land that once belonged to his family. And he has a plan.

The film has a location setting in Naples which gives authenticity to the proceedings as well as having an uncredited Gina Lollobrigida in the cast. It definitely has an Italian flavour. Dulcie Gray adapts to the new life but Johnston is a fish out of water. What on earth is an egg flip? Whatever it is, Johnston drinks her fair share. The cast are good although I'm not sure about doctor Guy Middleton (Ben) and his chances in a fight against a hardened labourer. No way, pal. The ending to this film is not what you may anticipate.

So, where would you choose to live? Rainy North Bromwich with its High Street or a villa in Naples overlooking spectacular scenery? Tough call. I think the sisters got it right.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1947 (UK) See more »

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A Casa da Cobiça See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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