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Sunday, September 23, 2012

It Started In Naples (1960)

When an American lawyer (Clark Gable) travels to Naples to settle his deceased brother's estate, he discovers his brother has sired an eight year old boy (Marietto) who is being raised by his aunt (Sophia Loren). The American determines it would be best for the boy to be educated and raised in America while the aunt refuses to give the boy up. It's the isle of Capri, blue grottoes, music in the streets, fireworks in the night sky! Gable! Loren! You can guess where the movie is going. If this pleasant romantic comedy takes the familiar path, at least it has Star power. The still virile Gable is affable (if clearly too old for the part by about 15 years) and Loren is at her most luscious and she even gets to sing and dance, her rendition of Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano is charming. Directed by Melville Shavelson (YOURS MINE AND OURS). The melodic score is by Alessandro Cicognini. With Vittorio De Sica as a shifty attorney.

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