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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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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 ... Wingco
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Italian Official
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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A screenful of luscious dames...and they all have only one idea - LOVE! See more »


Drama | Mystery | Romance | War


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English | Italian

Release Date:

15 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Five Women See more »

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Technical Specs


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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A rare outing for Cellano as the film's star
4 January 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Bonar Cellano was a popular supporting actor in the UK till his early death in a car crash,which his friend Michael Balfour survived.His family were circus acrobats,which no doubt accounted for the scenes early one using his acrobatic skills.I disagree with the other reviewer,I believe his performance was perfectly acceptable.I do agree that this film is very clunky and not very satisfactory.His quest to 5 cities clearly coincides with the distribution deals made by the co producers.However the result is an uneven and patchy film.Again as mentioned by the other reviewer the scenery is interesting.Seeing the bombed cities where no reconstruction has taken place.

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