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It Started in Naples (1960)

Approved | | Comedy , Drama | 7 August 1960 (USA)
Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old... See full summary »

Director:

Melville Shavelson

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Jack Rose (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Michael Hamilton
Sophia Loren ... Lucia Curcio
Vittorio De Sica ... Mario Vitale
Marietto Marietto ... Nando Hamilton
Paolo Carlini Paolo Carlini ... Renzo
Giovanni Filidoro Giovanni Filidoro ... Gennariello
Claudio Ermelli Claudio Ermelli ... Luigi
Bob Cunningham Bob Cunningham ... Don Mc Guire - Train Passenger
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo
Yvonne Monlaur
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Storyline

Mike Hamilton, a Philadelphia lawyer, comes to Naples to settle the estate of his long estranged "black sheep" brother. Once there, he discovers that the deceased has left an eight-year old little boy named Nando, who is being raised by Michael's sister-in-law Lucia Curcio. Mike immediately disapproves of Nando's Italian-style (in other words "lax") education. To make matters worse, Lucia happens to be ... a sexy nightclub dancer. This is too much for a puritan like Mike and the only solution in his eyes is to have the boy brought up in the States... Written by Guy Bellinger

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uncle | aunt | nephew | capri | night club | See All (12) »

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You'll Never See a Movie With More Carefee Fun and Happy Living!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

7 August 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

C'est arrivé à Naples See more »

Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point Sophia Loren accused director Melville Shavelson of filming her from her less attractive side in order to favor co-star Clark Gable. She added, "He doesn't have to worry about his career any more, but I have to worry about mine." Gable immediately exploded, "What the hell is she talking about? Both sides of my face are lousy and my backside isn't much better." Relations between the two stars did not improve after that. See more »

Goofs

Mike and Lucia order up stiff drinks for each other at the bar. Mike orders a bourbon drink for Lucia and she orders a Campari based drink for Mike. However when each of them grabs the bottle of liquor to top off the others drink the bottles are switched. Mike's gets topped off with Burbon and Lucia's with Campari. See more »

Quotes

Michael Hamilton: How are people supposed to sleep on this island?
Cafe Waiter: Together!
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Connections

Referenced in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Stay Here with Me
(Resta cu'mme)
by Domenico Modugno and Verde
English lyrics by Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
Sung by Paolo Bacilieri
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La donna e bella !
24 July 2005 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This film really has to take the cake as being one of the most romantic comedies ever made, I have watched it countless times and this year it was finally issued on DVD with excellent picture quality devoid of clicks, blotches and other compression artefacts.

The film is plastically beautiful, the surroundings are out of this world, Sophia Loren is beautiful, sexy, funny, what more could you ask, Nando is a gorgeous character and Mark Hamilton ( Clark Gable ) carries his rôle to perfection. The dialogues between him and Nando are absolutely scrumptious. Yhe story line which alternates between moments of pure romance then quarrelling and back again keeps the spectator on his/her toes even if the outcome is guessed in advance. I just loved the scene where Gable is in the train, listens to the comments of his compatriots in the compartment, just gets up and goes .. an excellent ending.

The sets of the film are beautiful, I have never been to Capri but it sure looks a beautiful and romantic place. The 100,000 euro question is "Does it Still Look Like that in 2005" . Hopefully one or more of the inhabitants will read this and let us know !!

My only beef on this film is trying to get hold of the sound track, no cd in the world seems to contain it - surprising when you consider the number of film sound tracks now available. My favourite is actually the title song ( instrumental ) which was composed by a certain Alessandro Cicognini, and which appears at various intervals in the film, including in a vocal version sung in Italian with a rhumba rhythm - no one tells us what the title is - so God knows how this can be found. The song "Tu vuo fa l'americano" sung by Loren in the nightclub has fared better ! It has actually been sung by one of the artists well known here in France, Dany Brilliant and his version, though not as good as Loren's is not bad at all. As for the other tunes, no sign of them anywhere.

Hopefully one day, someone somewhere will have the intelligence to issued the INTEGRAL sound track of this film on a cd. Given the amount of time we have had to wait to have the film on DVD, there may still be hope for a cd later. Brilliant !


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