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Frisky (1954)

Pane, amore e gelosia (original title)
The relationships between a veteran marshal, his bride-to-be, a rookie and his fiancée are severely tested when the young carabiniere is temporarily sent to a distant town.

Director:

Luigi Comencini

Writers:

Ettore Maria Margadonna (story) (as E.M. Margadonna), Luigi Comencini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio De Sica ... Maresciallo Carotenuto
Gina Lollobrigida ... La Bersagliera
Marisa Merlini ... La levatrice
Roberto Risso ... Carabiniere Stelluti
Maria Pia Casilio Maria Pia Casilio ... Paoletta
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Don Emidio
Saro Urzì ... Il capocomico
Tina Pica Tina Pica ... Caramella
Tecla Scarano Tecla Scarano ... Teresinella
Vittoria Crispo Vittoria Crispo ... Madre della Bersagliera
Memmo Carotenuto Memmo Carotenuto ... Carabiniere Baiocchi
Fausto Guerzoni Fausto Guerzoni ... Uomo col cannocchiale
Nino Vingelli ... Venditore ambulante
Gigi Reder Gigi Reder ... Ricuccio
Nico Pepe Nico Pepe ... Maresciallo Spotti
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Storyline

In a small Italian village, Maria De Ritis is engaged to army Lieutenant Pietro Stelluti. Stelluti's superior officer, Marshal Antonio Carotenuto, is contemplating marriage to Annarella Mirziano, but he will be forced to resign if he marries Annarella, since she has an illegitimate child and that is against regulations for army officers. When Stelluti leaves town for a few weeks, the town-gossips create an affair out of the innocent relationship between Maria and Antonio. Stelluti returns and accuses Maria of infidelity, and, she, in reprisal, runs off and joins a traveling theatrical troupe as a dancer. Antonio, after convincing Annarella that he has not betrayed her love, encounters more trouble when the father of Annarella's child shows up and asks that she and the child go away with him. Antonio tells Annarella that it is her decision to make, and she chooses the child's father and leaves with him. Maria arrives back in town, as does an earthquake that destroys her home, but she ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Another Gay and Sparkling Comedy Comes Your Way! (original USA poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

6 December 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Frisky See more »

Filming Locations:

Abruzzo, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Titanus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship via #17598 delivered on 23 November 1954. See more »

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Further adventures of the Maresciallo and the Bersagliera
23 April 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

In the second part of this trilogy of love intrigues and complications in the Abruzzi in a small village, things turn into a more serious direction and almost into a noir in the best Italian neorealistic style, as la Bersagliera becomes the victim of slander and village gossip, which turns her sheepish cavalier away from her, while at the same time the Maresciallo finds his inamoration with the local midwife impossible, as he can't marry her, since it's against regulations for a Maresciallo to marry someone with an illegitimate child. On top of this, the child's father turns up and makes his claims. La Bersagliera tries to break away from all these complications, but an eartquake turns everything upside down. Nevertheless, the Maresciallo finds himself saved by the discovery of a new attractive lady - without illegitimate children.

It is not as good as the first part but rather more dramatic and definitely on the same level, so it deserves no less praise than the first, and they definitely stick together and should be seen in sequence. The second part finishes the Abruzzi story, but still there is a third part.


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