A screwball romantic comedy of the first rank.Caryn James, New York Times
Adriana Benetti, Irasema Dillian, Anna Magnani, Vittorio De Sica,
This diverting comedy reveals sides of both Vittorio De Sica and Anna Magnani that are largely unfamiliar today, obscured by their neorealist breakthroughs just a few years later. De Sica stars as a handsome pediatrician of questionable competence plagued by both creditors and amorous women. Among them are a mattress-factory heiress who fancies herself a poetess, and a comely eighteen-year-old orphan with a penchant for reciting Romeo and Juliet. And then there is Magnani, a showgirl utterly uninspired by her art. The role is small but essential, providing a refreshingly worldly counterpoint to the other women’s girlish dreams of romance.