During the Korean War, Italian nurse Virna Lisi falls in love with two American fliers, Tony Curtis and George C. Scott. Lisi marries Curtis after he convinces her that Scott has been ... See full summary »


Norman Panama


Norman Panama (screenplay), Larry Gelbart (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Tom Ferris
Virna Lisi ... Julie Ferris
George C. Scott ... 'Tank' Martin
Carroll O'Connor ... General Maynard C. Parker
Richard Eastham ... General Milt Walters
Eddie Ryder Eddie Ryder ... Sgt. Gilroy
George Tyne ... Sgt. Dogerty
Ann Doran ... Doris Parker
Donna Danton Donna Danton ... Nurse Sally Ann
Natalie Core Natalie Core ... Lillian Walters
Buck Young ... Air Police Colonel
Maurice Dallimore ... BBC Commentator
Robert Cleaves Robert Cleaves ... Time Reporter
Karla Most Karla Most ... Italian Maid
Betty Bresler Betty Bresler ... Miss Ephron


During the Korean War, Italian nurse Virna Lisi falls in love with two American fliers, Tony Curtis and George C. Scott. Lisi marries Curtis after he convinces her that Scott has been killed in a plane crash. She soon discovers Scott is alive, but remains happily married to Curtis until Scott re-enters their lives 14 years later. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <Jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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In the air, they go after glory. On the ground, they're after the same woman!




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The private jet Tom fakes his way on disguised as an Arab is a 1964 Hawker-Siddely HS-125-1B, registration G-ASSI. It was later registered as 5N-AWD and was subsequently put out of service and in storage in 1983 at Luton, Bedfordshire, England, UK. See more »


In the 1952 sequences all of Virna Lisi's hairstyles, makeup (including false eyelashes), and the cut and length of her uniforms are strictly 1966, not 1952. See more »


'Tank' Martin: There's no other word for this but fate. I mean, two strangers lost, drifting. Then, the miracle happens. Eyes meet. Hands touch. Lips - hunger, fuse in that one moment of ecstasy. Would you like another drink?
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Referenced in The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Not with My Wife, I Don't (1976) See more »


Not With My Wife, You Don't
Music by John Williams (as Johnny Williams)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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25 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Not With My Wife, You Don't" is the sort of film that probably played much better back in the day. Today, it just seems tiresome and boorish.

The film finds Tony Curtis in the Air Force. He's apparently very good at protocol and is a bit of a star within the service. But because he's so efficient, he pays very little attention to his lovely wife (Virna Lisi). Then, in a lengthy flashback, you see how he and an Air Force buddy (George C. Scott) fought over her during the Korean War. And, eventually, Curtis' character tricks his friend out of the girl and marries her. Now, his old buddy is returning for a visit and Curtis is worried the guy will make the moves on his wife.

Seeing two rutting pigs chasing after a lady--lying, cheating and being disingenuous jerks all the while--is NOT my idea of a fun film. It's downright tedious. I didn't care about the characters....and I just felt very bored by the whole thing. A huge misfire.

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English | Italian

Release Date:

January 1967 (Austria) See more »

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The Big Brass See more »

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Fernwood-Reynard See more »
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