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A Breath of Scandal (1960)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy, Romance | 16 March 1960 (Italy)
Princess Olympia, despite her life status cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster.


Michael Curtiz


Walter Bernstein (adaptation), Sidney Howard (English translation of "Olympia") | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Sophia Loren ... Princess Olympia
Maurice Chevalier ... Prince Philip
John Gavin ... Charlie Foster
Angela Lansbury ... Countess Lina
Isabel Jeans ... Princess Eugénie
Tullio Carminati ... Albert
Milly Vitale ... Can-Can girl
Carlo Hintermann Carlo Hintermann ... Prince Ruprecht
Roberto Risso ... Aide de camp
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Count Sandor
Adrienne Gessner Adrienne Gessner ... Amelia
Luigi Cimara Luigi Cimara
Waveney Lee Waveney Lee ... Countess Theresa
Walter Varndal Walter Varndal


Princess Olympia, despite her life status cannot resist the urge to satisfy her sexual appetites. Exiled to the countryside, Olympia falls in love with American millionaire Charlie Foster.

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It's scandalous! It's shocking! But oo-la-la, it's lovely! See more »


Drama | Comedy | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »



Italy | USA | Austria



Release Date:

16 March 1960 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Escándalos imperiales See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Foster's question about the Crown Prince who shot himself and 'that girl' is a reference to the Mayerling Incident where Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria murdered his lover, Baroness Vetsera, and then took his own life. The incident has been depicted in several films, including Mayerling (1968) and Mayerling (1936). See more »


Vehicles are seen driving on the right. The Austrians drove on the left until about 1933, well after the period of this story. See more »


Version of His Glorious Night (1929) See more »


A Breath of Scandal
Written by Robert Stolz and Al Stillman
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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A Nice Classic Comedy
24 June 2008 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

In 1960 this film did not receive audience attention because there were other film being shown that the public wanted to see, like "Psycho" and many other films. Most Sophia Loren films were not as popular in America and so Carlo Ponti brought his wife back to Europe and she made a very successful film, "Two Women" which won her an Academy Award and brought Sophia great notoriety. In this picture, Sophia plays the role as Princess Olympia who is a very wild and beautiful young lady who gets into all kinds of trouble. Sophia rides her horse one day and an American named Charlie Foster, (John Gavin) and his automobile scares the horse and the Princess falls to the ground and she plays games with Charlie making believe she is hurt, but she really likes him and wants to spend the night with him in a lodge. Charlie has no idea this pretty gal is a Princess and they both get along very well, with her sleeping in his pajamas and her waking up and the bottoms of the PJ's are missing. This is a great comedy and Maurice Chevalier, (Prince Philip) gives a great supporting role as Princess Olympia father along with Angela Lanwsbury, (Countess Lina) who is a gossip and trouble maker getting into everyone's private lives. Michael Curtiz directed this picture and he was a famous director who produced many great films.

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