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The Swindlers (1959)

I magliari (original title)
Mario is in Hannover to work as a miner but after loosing his job he decides to go back to Italy. When Totonno steals his passport to avoid the police and later on he offers him a new job ... See full summary »


Francesco Rosi


Suso Cecchi D'Amico (story), Francesco Rosi (story) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Alberto Sordi ... Totonno
Belinda Lee ... Paula Mayer
Renato Salvatori ... Mario Balducci
Nino Vingelli ... Vincenzo
Aldo Giuffrè ... Armando
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... Rodolfo Valentino
Nino Di Napoli Nino Di Napoli ... Ciro
Jacqueline Vandal ... Frida (as Linda Vandal)
Josef Dahmen ... Herre Mayer (as Joseph Dahmen)
Else Knott Else Knott
Salvatore Cafiero Salvatore Cafiero
Carmine Ippolito Carmine Ippolito ... Don Raffaele Tramontana
Pasquale Cennamo Pasquale Cennamo ... Don Gennaro
Ubaldo Granata Ubaldo Granata


Mario is in Hannover to work as a miner but after loosing his job he decides to go back to Italy. When Totonno steals his passport to avoid the police and later on he offers him a new job as "magliaro" (cloth seller), Mario changes his mind and decides to follow Totonno to Hamburg. In Hamburg, Totonno and his friends have to sell Mayer's cloth but they meet with the hostility of a Polish gang and Mario falls in love with Paula Mayer. Written by Baldinotto da Pistoia

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When farce turns to drama
14 June 2020 | by jbgeorgesSee all my reviews

The movie describes with precision and sensitivity the daily life of the Italian immigrant community in post-war Germany. Poverty is never far away, and all the parties, nice costumes and laughters cannot really make you forget it. Alberto Sordi is splendid in the role of Totonno, sympathetic, cynical and unscrupulous drummer. Mario, interpreted by Renato Salvatori is the exact opposite: naive, sensitive and full of good intentions, he stands out by his freshness and his honesty in this world where everything is chattiness and where friendships are rather superficial. A magnificent impossible love story between Mario and big boss wife Paula Mayer, interpreted by the sublime Belinda Lee, brings a touch of tragic beauty to this deeply human story. This magnificent actress, too rare in cinema because she disappeared much too early at the age of 25, is alone worth watching the film. The close-ups of her face against the background of the port of Hamburg are deeply moving. Her beauty, made strength and fragility literally bursts the screen.

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Release Date:

23 September 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf St. Pauli ist der Teufel los See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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