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When in Rome (1952)

An American fugitive flees to Rome and tries to elude capture by masquerading as a priest.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Robert Buckner (story), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Father John X. Halligan
Paul Douglas ... Joe Brewster
Joseph Calleia ... Aggiunto Bodulli
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Antonio Silesto
Tudor Owen ... Father McGinniss
Dino Nardi Dino Nardi ... Commissario Genoa
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Cabby with horse and buggy
Mario Siletti ... Luigi Lugacetti
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Lugacetti
Mimi Aguglia ... Rosa
Emory Parnell ... Ship's Captain
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Mr. Cates
Alberto Lolli Alberto Lolli ... Father Segatini
Adriano Ambrogi Adriano Ambrogi ... Father Mariani
Amina Pirani Maggi Amina Pirani Maggi ... Dove
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An American fugitive flees to Rome and tries to elude capture by masquerading as a priest.

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You'll have a wonderful time!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1952 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer in Rom See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Budget:

$1,313,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Douglas comments that St. Peter's is bigger than Yankee Stadium. In fact, the Yankee Stadium of 1952 could fit into just the central aisle of St. Peter's. See more »

Goofs

A large moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind Father John when he is in Bodulli's office asking for his help in getting a pardon for Joe. See more »

Quotes

Father John X. Halligan: Holiness often disappears with the daylight.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "1950 was a holy year. Three million pilgrims from every part of the world thronged to Rome, the Eternal City. Our story is about two men who journeyed to Rome that year. One was Father John X. Halligan, a young priest from Coaltown, Pennsylvania, whose mission was a holy one; the other was Joe Brewster, late of Sing Sing, San Quentin, Joliet, and Atlanta, whose mission was not so holy...

If our story has a moral, it's a simple one: God may move in mysterious ways, but He gets there just the same. " See more »

Soundtracks

Hymn 'Panis Angelicus'
by César Franck
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Marvelous Fable
13 March 2001 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

Paul Douglas, Van Johnson, and Joseph Calleia are all excellent together. The "love story" between priest Johnson and tough-guy Douglas is as affecting a character study as you are ever likely to see. The magnificent photography shows the divine beauty that is Rome inspirationally. Just when you think it can get no further into your soul, it comes up with something else clever and simply profound. Well worth watching. I give it 10/10.


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