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Too Bad She's Bad (1954)

Peccato che sia una canaglia (original title)
Young and shapely Lina Stroppiani Sophia Loren plays a thief who with two accomplices, tries to con taxi driver Marcello Mastroianni out of his cab and money, with unexpected results when he discovers what they are up to.


Alberto Moravia (story "Il fanatico"), Suso Cecchi D'Amico (subject) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio De Sica ... Vittorio Stroppiani
Sophia Loren ... Lina Stroppiani
Marcello Mastroianni ... Paolo
Mauro Sacripanti Mauro Sacripanti ... Peppino (as Giorgio Sanna)
Michael Simone Michael Simone ... Totò
Margherita Bagni Margherita Bagni ... Elsa, moglie di Michele
Wanda Benedetti Wanda Benedetti ... Valeria, moglie di Carletto
Maria Britneva ... La turista inglese (as Maria Britnewa)
Manlio Busoni Manlio Busoni ... Il funzionario della Casa per il Mezzogiorno
Giulio Calì Giulio Calì ... La guardia notturna
Pietro Carloni Pietro Carloni ... Il signore intriguante
Memmo Carotenuto ... Cesare, il tassinaro
Marga Cella Marga Cella ... La padrona del bar
Pasquale Cennamo Pasquale Cennamo ... Il maresciallo
Nino Dal Fabbro Nino Dal Fabbro ... Il radiologo


When young and attractive Lina Stroppiani, a thief like the rest of her family, tries to steal the taxi of Paolo, together with two accomplices, she can't possibly know that this will have far reaching consequences... Written by Michel Hafner <mhafner@imdb.com>

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Bingo Bango Bongo
20 May 2020 | by brogmillerSee all my reviews

This film of Alessandro Blasetti is not only extremely entertaining but fascinating in terms of the history of Italian cinema. It was released in the same year as de Sica's masterful 'Gold of Naples' in which Sophia Loren scored a hit under his Svengali-like guidance. Their professional relationship was to prove fruitful to say the least and here they are playing father and daughter. This also happens to be the first time that Loren appeared opposite Marcello Mastroianni who was then in what he later called his 'taxi driver phase', thus beginning a magical screen partnership. Alongside her sexual charisma La Loren shows a keen sense of comedy and improved artistry so one can only assume that de Sica is still a 'guiding hand' here. De Sica's own performance is one of perfect comedy timing and consummate artistry. As is customary in Italian films there is more than one screenwriter and this Roman Tale of Moravia has been adapted by two of the best in the business, Suso Checchi D'Amico and Ennio Flaiano. Blasetti keeps the pace brisk and there is a catchy score by maestro Alessandro Cicogna. There is also good use made of Sigman and Hilliard's 'Bingo Bango Bongo' which once heard, becomes what is commonly referred to as a musical 'earworm'. As a film this is lightweight to be sure but to watch the three leads bouncing off each other is hugely enjoyable especially in light of what is to come.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

28 December 1954 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Dommage que tu sois une canaille See more »

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Documento Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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