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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.

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 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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Take someone you love to a nice, warm, funny picture about a nice, warm, unwed mother. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color | Color (Widescreen Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Screenplay goof -- Gia is 18 years old in the film, but the three former GIs have been sending Carla checks for 20 years. Allowing for nine months pregnancy, she should be 19. See more »

Quotes

Carla Campbell: Carla Solmi, "the alley cat," they used to call me... the women of the town... To those people I'm going to tell I've got a child with no husband and could be any one of three fathers? No, I don't tell them anything.
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Features The Hallelujah Trail (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Buona Sera
Sung by Jimmy Roselli
Music by Riz Ortolani
Lyrics by Melvin Frank
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Gina's a delight in this '60s screwball comedy
12 April 2005 | by eskridgeSee all my reviews

Former sex goddess Gina Lollobrigida is a gorgeous 40ish redhead in this screwball comedy set in Italy in 1968.

La Lollo plays the mother of the lovely Janet Margolin, whose American soldier father was supposedly killed during World War II. The thing is, Gina isn't sure who the father was, since she was friendly with three soldiers at the time, (played by Peter Lawford, Phil Silvers and Telly Savalas), and all are very much alive. Each of the three thinks he is the father and has been financially supporting the girl in secret for over 20 years. Trouble and hilarity ensue when the three men and their wives return to the Italian village for an Army reunion, and Gina has to juggle all six of them while keeping her daughter from finding out the truth.

It's a funny script that hearkens back to Hollywood's great screwball comedies, with especially good jobs from Silvers and Savalas and Shelley Winters and Lee Grant as their wives. But it's Gina who steals the show with her glamorous mugging.


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