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Father's Dilemma (1950)

Prima comunione (original title)
The daughter of Signor Carloni is about to take her first communion. A problem arises when the dressmaker spends too much time working on the girl's communion frock.

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Cesare Zavattini (story), Cesare Zavattini (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Fabrizi ... Carlo Carloni
Gaby Morlay ... Maria Carloni
Ludmilla Dudarova Ludmilla Dudarova ... Signorina Ludovisi
Lucien Baroux ... Arcivescovo
Enrico Viarisio ... L'uomo del filobus
Andreina Mazzotto Andreina Mazzotto ... Anna Carloni
Adriana Gallandt Adriana Gallandt ... Antonia, la cameriera
Ernesto Almirante Ernesto Almirante ... L'invitato anziano
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Inquilino con scarpe rumorose
Lauro Gazzolo Lauro Gazzolo ... Cliente che compro l'uovo pasquale
Max Elloy ... Lo spazzino
Jean Tissier Jean Tissier ... Il medico sul taxi
Amedeo Trilli Amedeo Trilli ... Il vigile urbano (as Amedeo Novelli)
Dante Maggio Dante Maggio ... Metropolitano che regola il trafico
Carlo Romano Carlo Romano ... Il tassista
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Storyline

The daughter of Signor Carloni is about to take her first communion. A problem arises when the dressmaker spends too much time working on the girl's communion frock.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

29 September 1950 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Father's Dilemma See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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2 August 2001 | by ItalianGerrySee all my reviews

People who love Italian films remember this picture as being one of the funniest and most enjoyable of classic Italian comedies. It is also known as "Father's Dilemma" and in it Aldo Fabrizi plays a silly, pompous, and egotistical father who makes a big mess of everything on the morning his little daughter is to receive her first communion. After he loses the girl's communion dress, virtually half the population of Rome gets involved in getting her suitably attired and brought to the church on time. Aldo Fabrizi plays the father with immense gusto and is a wonder to behold. This Roman actor of vaudeville, stage, and screen is most familiar to non-Italian film fans as the priest in Rossellini's OPEN CITY. The movie won the first prize at the Venice Film Festival. It is a gem.


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