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Working title: The Bay of Naples, The Bay of Capri.
Original title of the film is "American, Go Home," but it is changed in order to avoid possible issues with the State Department. The film was originally scripted for British actress Gracie Fields, then the Isle of Capri's most celebrated resident.
had originally rejected the movie but when she heard that
Gable was in it, she rapidly changed her mind. She has to sneak into
country to make the movie, because the Italian government is
Mexican proxy marriage to Carlo Ponti who is still legally married to
cachet is $
200,000 in this movie which is a hit in America.
Sophia Loren recaptures the free and easy, tongue-in-cheek, sizzling tones of the Pizzaiola.
Gino Visentini, Il Giornale d'Italia, 18 feb 1961
"Before Gable realizes he's in love with Sophia and the easy-going Italian way of life, lots of funny, things happen spiked by songs and dances with the lovely Loren in rare form."
The Bridgeport Telegram, 18 aug 1960
"Gable and Miss Loren are extremely effective as a comedy pair. Thoroughly at home in her own surroundings Miss Loren is more voluble than ever giving a vigorous and amusing performance in the comedy, which is actually not surprising, for Miss Loren made her name in the Italian film world through comedies."
Carol McMurtry, Amarillo Globe-Times, 14 oct 1960
Gable and Miss Loren are a surprisingly effective and compatible comedy pair.
The major thing to look at is Miss Loren, and all else is background for her, strong light to put her femininity into profile.
Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 28 aug 1960
"Surprisingly anti-American at times, but a genial gesture toward Italians, the film demonstrates Miss Loren is well equipped to steal the show from Gable, that an Italian lad named Marietto can filch scenes from both and that the old master of flambouyant (sic) humor, Viltorio De Sica, outdistances them all."
Theresa Loeb Cone, Oakland Tribune, 10 oct 1960
Plenty of meat on the bone and every ounce of it choice enough to eat!
"Sophia's figure makes you want to commit suicide."