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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell
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Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell

During World War II, an Italian villager (Italian beauty Gina Lollobrigida in an award-winning role) befriends three American soldiers. Later, when unsure which of them fathered her daughter, she accepts support checks from all three soldiers. Twenty years later, a reunion unexpectedly brings the three veterans -- and their wives and children -- back to Italy and Mrs. Campbell panics as she endeavors to keep her lively past from her daughter.

A charming reminder of what movie comedies used to be like.
Roger Ebert
PG
1968 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance | United States | Italian, French with English subtitles, English
Director
Melvin Frank
Cast
Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Winters, Phil Silvers, Peter Lawford, Telly Savalas
WINNER
David di Donatello Awards 1969, Best Actress
NOMINEE
Golden Globes 1969, Best English-Language Foreign Film, Best Actress – Comedy or Musical, Best Original Song
NOMINEE
Writers Guild of America 1969, Best Written American Original Screenplay
Melvin Frank

Director: Melvin Frank

Born in Chicago in 1913, Melvin Frank began his career as a screenwriter for the Bob Hope radio show together with his partner Norman Panama. Moving to feature film writing in 1942, from 1949 onward the duo alternated directing and producing duties on several films, before amicably dissolving the partnership in 1962 after the final installment in the Hope-Crosby "road pictures" The Road to Hong Kong (1962). As a solo director, Frank is best known for his comedies Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1968) and A Touch of Class (1973).

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