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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 »

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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:

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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sophia Loren does her own singing. See more »

Goofs

When Lucia is on the bed waiting for Michael, she wears a blue dress and dark nylon stockings. When she is outside with her nephew Nando, she is still in her blue dress, but bare legged, and when she enters the house and lies on the bed, she is wearing the dress and stockings again. See more »

Quotes

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

Remade as English Babu Desi Mem (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

It Started in Naples
by Alessandro Cicognini, Carlo Savina and Sylvana Simoni
English lyrics by Milton Gabler (as Milt Gabler)
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Far from perfect, but enjoyable
21 August 2017 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

You have to forgive this movie several faults in order to enjoy it. Clark Gable, at 59, is far too old for Sophia Loren, 26. The musical numbers are weak with the exception of 'Americano', and let's face it, Loren is no Ginger Rogers. The custody battle for the child – Loren's son and Gable's nephew – is absurd to begin with, and then compounded by silly back and forth melodrama in the second half of the film. The film on the surface seems to be a loving look at Italy and Italians, but Gable's character is condescending with an annoying American arrogance, and the film as a whole is a bit patronizing.

And yet, despite all that, I found it somewhat enjoyable, and certainly better than expected. Shot on location in Naples and Capri, the scenery is gorgeous and many of the shots in the streets or piazzas look authentic. Gable gets off a lot of wry one-liners in a script where the dialogue is better than events. Loren may not have the greatest dance moves, but she does show both a comedic side and a touching side in her playful relationship with her son, in addition to, well, being a knockout and all. I love the scene where Loren is sprawled out face down on the bed after a long night dancing, and her son pokes her in the behind with a meat fork in front of Gable. The supporting cast is all-Italian, and the little boy (Marietto) and the lawyer (Vittorio De Sica) turn in good performances. There are moments that seem cliché, but there are also moments that seem spontaneous, and quite true to southern Italy. Far from perfect, but enjoyable.


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