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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968)

M/PG | | Comedy, Romance | December 1968 (USA)
Carla Campbell receives maintenance payment from three former soldiers who all believe themselves to be the father of her daughter, Gia.

Director:

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gina Lollobrigida ... Carla Campbell
Shelley Winters ... Shirley Newman
Phil Silvers ... Phil Newman
Peter Lawford ... Justin Young
Telly Savalas ... Walter Braddock
Lee Grant ... Fritzie Braddock
Janet Margolin ... Gia Campbell
Marian McCargo ... Lauren Young (as Marian Moses)
Naomi Stevens ... Rosa
Renzo Palmer ... Mayor
Giovanna Galletti ... Countess
James Mishler James Mishler ... Stubby
Dale Cummings Dale Cummings ... Pete
Philippe Leroy ... Vittorio
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Besides being the wrong amount ($40,000 too high), the money cited by Justin as payments by the three GIs to Carla has no factual basis. Phil actually paid Carla $27,600 over 20 years - not $47,000. Walter actually paid her $20,400, not $41,000. And, Justin actually paid her $33,600. Their cumulative payments ($340 per month for 20 years) came to $81,600 - not $197,000. The actual inflationary value of the $81,600 in 1964 was $96,833. That assumes she kept all the money until 1964 and didn't spend any of it before then. The men would not have made 6% interest in savings. That is a hypothetical rate of return they might have made with wise investments. But, whether or not they would have made such investments, Carla Campbell only received $81,600 total from them over 20 years - at $4,080 per year. See more »

Goofs

Justin Young says that the cumulative total payments the three men paid to Carla, "over 20 years, compounded at six percent interest, would come to $197,000." That figure is $40,000 too high. The correct amount would be just over $157,000. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Newman: When I think of the thing that the three of you have done...
Phil Newman: Stop it, honey. You're making... The three of us?
Shirley Newman: Don't worry. I saw the other two names at the express office. The same thing, month after month, year after year, a check for Mrs. Campbell. How you all must have loved that boy. You know, and I didn't even know that you knew Braddock and Young.
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Connections

Referenced in Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Buona Sera
Sung by Jimmy Roselli
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Melvin Frank
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You're welcome any day Gina!
1 May 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

I just saw a trailer for a new 2008 film called MUMMA MIA starring Meryl Streep in the Gina Lollobrigida role! Another remake!

Well this original from 1968 is a very funny film, and I guess, an extension of the 'caper comedy' style so popular in the mid-60s. I haven't seen the famous multi paneled trailer (sounds very Mad Mad Mad World) but we are in the cine-world of other adult level all star 'wacky marital mix-ups' with phrase titles like DIVORCE American STYLE, WHAT A WAY TO GO, NOT WITH MY WIFE YOU DON'T, BOY DID I GET A WRONG NUMBER etc, each the American idea of farce: yelling and door slamming. However, unlike some of those mentioned above MRS CAMPBELL is genuinely hilarious. In fact today would still make a good play, if it wasn't one already. I believe however it was an original screenplay by Melvin Frank who had already excelled with many 40s and 50s comedies and in the early 60s with LI'L ABNER and later with A TOUCH OF CLASS in '73. I clearly remember sitting in a large suburban cinema with a very entertained crowd roaring with laughter and marveling at how gorgeous Lollobrigida was then. Lee Grant as always is superb as someone's wife and moaning Shelley Winters is a great foil even for comedy against Phl Silvers and Telly Savalas. Even the horrible presence of bland and pointless Peter Lawford cannot spoil the clever comedy storyline of this uproarious well written heartfelt comedy. The charming and catchy theme song still plays in my head. Forgotten by 1970 and much unappreciated today, MRS CAMPBELL is by far the best of late 60s all star marriage farces and deserves a big new century DVD release. It makes you realize how these 60s films really knew how to entertain. It also makes one realize how far Holllywood has strayed from what worked. No wonder adults don't bother with going to the cinema much in 2005. However, even if this film was remade today with 2005 swearing and punching it would still be funny, such is the solid script and good story. Try and find this film and settle in for a great experience.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell See more »

Filming Locations:

Rocca Canterano, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Connaught Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color | Color (Widescreen Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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