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Scandal in Sorrento (1955)

Pane, amore e..... (original title)
Back to his hometown, a former marshal finds his house occupied by a young woman working as a fishwife.


Dino Risi


Ettore Maria Margadonna (story) (as Ettore M. Margadonna), Marcello Girosi (story) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Vittorio De Sica ... Comandante Carotenuto
Sophia Loren ... Sofia Cocozza - 'a Smargiassa'
Lea Padovani ... Violante Ruotolo
Antonio Cifariello ... Nicola Pascazio 'Nicolino'
Tina Pica ... Caramella
Mario Carotenuto Mario Carotenuto ... Don Matteo Carotenuto
Yoka Berretty Yoka Berretty ... Erika
Virgilio Riento Virgilio Riento ... Don Emidio
Clara Crispo Clara Crispo ... Donna Carmela
Pasquale Misiano Pasquale Misiano ... Don Peppino
Antonio La Raina Antonio La Raina ... Sindaco di Sorrento
Nino Imparato ... Vigile urbano
Gaetano Autiero Gaetano Autiero ... Titino
Fausto Guerzoni Fausto Guerzoni ... Uomo col cannocchiale
Attilio Torelli Attilio Torelli ... Rumbumbù


Marshall Antonio Carotenuto comes back to native Sorrento to take care of the local fire brigade. But since Sofia, a very nice fishmonger, occupies his native house Antonio share another home with Donna Violante, secretly fall in love with him. Sofia accepts to marry Antonio almost as a joke to make Nicolino, a traffic policeman, getting jealous. The chances for the two deloused sweethearts aren't over as it could appear. Written by 1felco

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Comedy | Romance


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Torna a Surriento
Performed by Vittorio De Sica
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De Sica Almost Does a Prat Fall at Loren's Feet -- Who Wouldn't?
11 September 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Vittorio de Sica is retiring from the Caribinieri, returning to Sorrento to become head of the Police Department. He comes equipped with an elderly governess, a brother who is a priest, and a great variety of uniforms, all with white gloves. What he lacks is a place to live. His family apartment has been occupied since the War by Sophia Loren, a widowed fishwife. She has a boyfriend with whom she fights a lot. This does not, of course, prevent her from coming on to de Sica, who easily loses his head over women -- it's Loren, who wouldn't? -- to keep the apartment and get her boyfriend a job with the police. The boyfriend objects to her methods. Meanwhile, de Sica is staying at the home of Lea Padovani, a highly religious and insanely repressed woman, as a favor to the priest.

I have the feeling that the movie's length of 110 minutes, although long for a comedy, is trimmed. Miss Padovani's sequences seem rather abrupt and Miss Loren, while startlingly beautiful, gives a performance that is rather harsh and monotonous; it's true she was only 20 when she made this, but she soon showed herself a capable farceur and actress of considerably greater range. Perhaps the producer and director simply lacked confidence in her abilities.

Despite these misgivings, this is a good comedy, mostly because of de Sica, who plays his well-written role of a mature and intelligent man who becomes a gibbering poet at the sight of a beautiful woman, with the beautiful freedom of a true clown.

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Release Date:

22 December 1955 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Pain, amour, ainsi soit-il See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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