Two clumsy provincial uncles visit a metropolis to stop the relationship between their nephew and a woman of ill repute.


Nicola Manzari (story, screenplay & dialogue), Edoardo Anton (screenplay & dialogue) (as Anton) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Totò ... Antonio Caponi
Peppino De Filippo ... Peppino Caponi
Dorian Gray ... Marisa Florian (the 'malafemmina')
Teddy Reno ... Gianni Caponi
Vittoria Crispo Vittoria Crispo ... Lucia Caponi
Mario Castellani Mario Castellani ... Mezzacapa
Nino Manfredi ... Raffaele, Gianni's friend
Linda Sini ... Gabriella
Salvo Libassi Salvo Libassi ... A Friend of Marisa Florian
Luisa Ciampi Luisa Ciampi ... The Daughter of Gianni and Marisa (as La bambina Luisa Ciampi)
Corrado Annicelli Corrado Annicelli ... The Duke
Edoardo Toniolo Edoardo Toniolo ... Remo
Gianna Cobelli Gianna Cobelli ... Marianna
Donatella Randisi Donatella Randisi ... Giulietta
Gino Ravazzini Gino Ravazzini ... Marisa Florian's Agent


Antonio, Peppino and Lucia are three brothers who live in the country near Naples. Lucia's son, Gianni, goes to Naples to study medicine, but there he knows a ballet dancer. They fall in love and, when she goes to Milan, Gianni follows her. Informed of this and afraid that their nephew will stop studying, the three Caponi brothers leave for Milan to persuade Gianni to come back and continue studying and abandon the "Malafemmina" (bad girl). Written by Giulio Giuranna <>

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The name Malafemmina in the original title comes from Totò's song Malafemmena. The title of the song has an 'e' instead of 'i' because spelled in Neapolitan dialect. See more »

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The greatest black and white movie ever
9 March 2004 | by fruttamartoranaSee all my reviews

This is my favorite all time black and movie. To understand the humor, you need to know enough Italian (and sometimes Naples accent too) to understand it, and to understand the jokes.. they don't translate to other languages.

Toto' aka Antonio de Curtis for me is what Chaplin was to many - except that he is funny with the movies with audio, unlike Chaplin. There are many of his movies I like a lot and enjoy seing after having been a long time abroad (out of Italy), but this is far the greatest. Toto' and Peppino are two poor men from the Southern Italy countryside, and hear that their nephew is dating a 'bad woman' (the title means that, but not necessarily in bad sense) in Milan, and they go there to rescue him.. thinking they are abroad.. this movie is so full of timeless jokes, it is impossible to watch this and be on a bad mood.

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Release Date:

16 June 1957 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Os Tios da Província See more »

Filming Locations:

Roma, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

D.D.L. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Fono-Roma)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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