Time: 100 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
I have to admit the only reason I watched this movie was to see Gable and Loren. The location the Isle of Capri doesn't hurt either. I haven't seen many of Loren's films because I'm not a huge fan of watching subtitles, so I decided to give this, one of her American efforts, a try. She's a constant surprise, charming, sexy and funny, giving Gable a run for his money. Gable was at the end of his long and illustrious career and though always worth watching, this isn't one of his better efforts. Playing a gruff American hampers his innate charm and masculinity. Though not enough for this to be a total loss. In this version, what brings them together is the love and welfare of an 8-year-old boy, their nephew, played with great humor and passion by Marietto Angeletti. It's an interesting twist on the usual boy meets girl story, but it doesn't really serve much of a purpose. One certainly needs hindrances to keep the lovers apart, but neither looks very good when they're fighting over the welfare of a child. This is, however, a comedy, so it doesn't get too serious. God forbid they ruin the romantic flow.
The film opens with Mike Hamilton (Gable) arriving in Naples to settle the affairs of his recently deceased brother, who left Philadelphia 10 years earlier for a beer and never came back. It goes without saying that they weren't very close and he wants to get in and out as soon as possible. He has a fianceé waiting for him to tie the knot the minute he arrives back in the states. When he meets his brother's lawyer, he discovers there's more to this situation than he was led to believe. It appears that his brother got married, though he still had a wife, and has an 8-year-old son, currently being cared for by his deceased mother's sister, Lucia (Loren). Mike's first meeting with Lucia is a cursory one, she's the queen of a local parade and can't really chat, so he decides to do his duty and check up on the situation. Make sure that the boy, Nando, is well cared for before he leaves.