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A Tale of Five Women (1951)

A Tale of Five Cities (original title)
An Englishman has been working in the US so long he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. Because he talks... See full summary »


Montgomery Tully, Romolo Marcellini (uncredited) | 4 more credits »


Maurice J. Wilson (story), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bonar Colleano Bonar Colleano ... Bob Mitchell
Barbara Kelly ... Lesley - American Magazine Editor
Anne Vernon ... Jeannine Meunier
Karin Himboldt ... Charlotte Smith (as Karin Himbold)
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Charlady
Danny Green ... Levinsky
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Charlotte's Brother
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... New York Magazine Editor (as Macdonald Parke)
Aletha Orr Aletha Orr ... Matron
Lana Morris ... Delia Morel Romanoff
Eva Bartok ... Kathaline Telek
Gina Lollobrigida ... Maria Severini
Geoffrey Sumner Geoffrey Sumner ... Wingco
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Italian Official
Annette Poivre Annette Poivre ... Annette


An Englishman has been working in the US so long he now speaks with an American accent. He is drafted into the British Army during WWII but is injured and loses his memory. Because he talks like an American, the doctors repatriate him to the States where he is housed with a New York family. After the war they all travel throughout Europe, searching for the women he still remembers in the hope of restoring his lost memory. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

15 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Five Women See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The British Board Of Film Censors Certificate at the beginning of the film states that 'This is to certify that "Tale of Five Cities" has been Passed for Public Exhibition to Adult Audiences' 'A'. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are listed in Promenade Magazine (15 cents) with the cover featuring a large photographed face of Bonar Colleano over which are are four faces of women. The pages are individually turned by a hand, culminating in the start of the story below, which at the same time is spoken over by Bonar Colleano.

"I used to laugh . . . at those people who made a practice of reading the last chapter of a book before they start the beginning. I laughed at myself, however, when I started writing this story for Promenade, because I didn't know what the beginning was until I'd found out the end!

Sounds a bit screwy! Well, I guess I WAS kind of screwy then. However, in the end, I found out the beginning.

It all started in Occupied Germany in the Winter of 1945 . . . I was a bit "lit-up" and on my way back to my quarters . . . See more »


Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006) See more »

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Forced Misunderstandings
26 April 2018 | by stevenbuttenSee all my reviews

I won't bother with the plot, what there is of it is covered elsewhere, but I would make a correction in that protagonist Bob Mitchell is in the RAF not the British Army. Sadly Bonar Colleano gives a decidedly stilted performance as Mitchell, but there are interesting appearances from some interesting actors: Eva Bartok, Gina Lollobrigida, stalwart Brit Geoffrey Sumner as the Wingco, Marcello Mastroiani and a cameo from Terence Alexander as a hotel receptionist. As Mitchell travels from city to city, almost every meeting leads to a silly misunderstanding, all of which could be avoided if he just starts out by saying he has amnesia. The movie does provide a glimpse of post-war Europe and shines a dim light on the plight of stateless refugees, but it's no Third Man.

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