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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)

Carla Campbell receives maintenance payment from three former soldiers who all believe themselves to be the father of her daughter, Gia.


Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
... Carla Campbell
... Shirley Newman
... Phil Newman
... Justin Young
... Walter Braddock
... Fritzie Braddock
... Gia Campbell
... Lauren Young (as Marian Moses)
... Rosa
Renzo Palmer ... Mayor
... Countess
James Mishler ... Stubby
Dale Cummings ... Pete
... Vittorio


Twenty years after their initial war-time visit three U.S. servicemen hold a reunion at an Italian village. They all have fond memories, especially of local girl Carla. But she has been telling each of them that they are the father of her daughter Gia, so they have all been paying well for her upbringing. As this dawns on the threesome old rivalries surface, but times have changed and complications such as wives, middle-age, and the need to protect Gia's future start to surface. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

December 1968 (USA)  »

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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


| (Widescreen Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The fictional San Forino is near Florence, which was taken by the Allies on Aug. 4, 1944. The war in Europe ended May 8, 1945, in Germany. Carla would have become pregnant with Gia in the late summer or fall of 1944. Gia would be 18 in the summer of 1963. The 20th reunion of the squadron would have been in the summer of 1964, when Gia would have been 19. See more »


When Shelley Winters is in line to cash some traveler's checks, there is a long line behind her. But when the girl that was watching her goes up to the window, there was no one there and she was able to go right up to the window. See more »


Pete: Sarge hasn't changed much has he - still a million laughs?
Fritzie Braddock: Oh, yeah. He's a regular Mardi Gras all year round.
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References Ferdinand the Bull (1938) See more »


San Forino March
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Frank
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Gina's in a pickle
23 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Absurd but fun little comedy enlivened by Gina's feisty performance in the lead.

The supporting cast is sprinkled with quality performers all giving good performances, even the usually obnoxious Silvers comes across well, but this is Gina's show and she carries the film easily. Most of the supporting players are simple types that the actors manage to flesh out the best they can. Telly Savalas and Lee Grant take theirs one step further and create a believably troubled couple who have spent so many years battling they fail to realize that what they both want is the same thing. On the surface they seem mismatched but because of subtle playing they expand the character beyond what was on the page.

Back to Gina, under the direction of the competent Melvin Frank, whom had guided her through Strange Bedfellows previously, she has a fine comic sensibility never betraying any doubt that the preposterous situation she finds herself in doesn't make perfect sense. And boy is she a stunner!

Full to the brim with beautiful scenery shot in glorious Technicolor, marred only by obvious but probably necessary process shots while Gina is driving, you'll want to jump a plane to Italy at the film's conclusion.

A potential seamy subject that could have devolved into crassness is handled with the proper light touch making this a genial farce and terrific showcase for Miss Lollobrigida.

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