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The Gold of Naples (1954)

L'oro di Napoli (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 11 February 1957 (USA)
A portrait of the people, the defects and the peculiarities of Naples in six different vignettes.


Vittorio De Sica


Giuseppe Marotta (story), Cesare Zavattini (adapted for the screen by) | 3 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Totò ... Don Saverio Petrillo (segment "Il guappo")
Lianella Carell Lianella Carell ... Carolina Petrillo (segment "Il guappo")
Pasquale Cennamo Pasquale Cennamo ... Don Carmine Savarone (segment "Il guappo") (as Pasquale Gennano)
Agostino Salvietti Agostino Salvietti ... Gennaro Esposito (segment "Il guappo")
Sophia Loren ... Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Paolo Stoppa Paolo Stoppa ... Don Peppino - il vedovo (segment "Pizze a credito")
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Rosario - marito di Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Alfredo - l'amante di Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Un amico di Peppino (segment "Pizze a credito")
Tartaro Pasquale Tartaro Pasquale ... Cafiero (segment "Pizze a credito")
Teresa De Vita Teresa De Vita ... La madre (segment "Funeralino")
Vittorio De Sica ... Il conte Prospero B. (segment "I giocatori")
Pierino Bilancioni Pierino Bilancioni ... Il piccolo Gennarino (segment "I giocatori")
Lars Borgström Lars Borgström ... Federico - the Doorkeeper (segment "I giocatori") (as L. Borgoström)
Mario Passante ... Giovanni - the Butler (segment "I giocatori")


Tribute to Naples, where director De Sica spent his first years, this is a collection of 6 Neapolitan episodes : a clown exploited by a gangster ; an inconstant pizza seller (Sofia) losing her husband's ring ; the funeral of a child ; the gambler Count Prospero B. defeated by a kid ; the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute ; the "professor" Ersilio Micci, a "wisdom seller". Written by Yepok

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Four droll and dramatic tales bursting with humor and vitality and that love of life that characterizes these volatile people... See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Did You Know?


On the first day of shooting there were so many people attending that it was needed the intervention of the firemen. See more »

Alternate Versions

On April 22nd TCM showed a version of this movie that included the "Dead Child" segment. The run time for this showing was 2:10:44. See more »


Referenced in The Gold of Naples (2008) See more »

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feel unique flavour of Neapol
16 May 2004 | by lziolkowskiSee all my reviews

this is not a comedy.

rather documentary movie. shows what i am usually most interested in - local people. their habits, day-to-day life, way they enjoy life and face problems people of Neapol, and city itself, from 50ties as pictured in this movie is worth to see.

all of them are 'typical' Italians - eating pasta, drinking wine, celebrating family, friends, expressing feelings. Moreover you will see local communities, habits - what is most probably no more existing in Neapol nowadays.

the film is not an action killer. it has some subtle humor, good actors, and tells five stories. so if you want to have relaxed, easy afternoon, and fancy traveling in time and space - 'go to Neapol'!

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Release Date:

11 February 1957 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Naples, Campania, Italy


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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