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Location scenes filmed in Forza d'Agro, Sicily. Opened in Rome in Feb 1962 as Jessica; running time: 100 min; in Paris in Jun 1962 as La sage-femme, le curé et le bon dieu; running time: 90 min. ...

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Location scenes filmed in Forza d'Agro, Sicily. Opened in Rome in Feb 1962 as Jessica; running time: 100 min; in Paris in Jun 1962 as La sage-femme, le curé et le bon dieu; running time: 90 min.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Jean Negulesco Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Addl dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr collaborator
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus comp & arr
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Director prod
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Midwife of Pont Cléry by Flora Sandström (New York, 1957).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Jessica," "It Is Better To Love" and "Will You Remember," words and music by Dusty Negulesco and Marguerite Monnot; "The Vespa Song," words and music by Dusty Negulesco and Mario Nascimbene; sung by Maurice Chevalier.
PERFORMED BY
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
La sage-femme, le curé et le bon dieu
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 28 Mar 1962
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Dear Film
28 March 1962
LP22237
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When her Italian-born husband is killed on their honeymoon, an American nurse named Jessica decides to remain in Sicily as a midwife in the little village of Forza d'Agro. While the beautiful girl's presence charms all the men, the women greet her with open resentment. The situation continually worsens until the women resort to the example set in ancient times by Lysistrata. If they deny themselves to their husbands, no babies will be born, and Jessica will have to leave because of lack of work. The village priest, Father Antonio, becomes greatly upset by this campaign. Then Jessica meets and falls in love with Edmondo Raumo, a wealthy marchese who has been living the life of a recluse since he was crippled in wartime. He allows Jessica to believe, however, that he is a poor fisherman, and when she learns the truth, she is furious with him. In retaliation, she flirts with all the men in the village and encourages their attentions. Desperate, Father Antonio persuades Raumo, the owner of Jessica's cottage, to give her notice to move. While the irate girl is packing, she is summoned to the bedside of Old Crupi, the gardener who has worked to bring Jessica and Raumo together, and who is now dying. The two are deeply affected by Old Crupi's death and the storm that follows. Raumo apologizes and asks Jessica to marry ...

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When her Italian-born husband is killed on their honeymoon, an American nurse named Jessica decides to remain in Sicily as a midwife in the little village of Forza d'Agro. While the beautiful girl's presence charms all the men, the women greet her with open resentment. The situation continually worsens until the women resort to the example set in ancient times by Lysistrata. If they deny themselves to their husbands, no babies will be born, and Jessica will have to leave because of lack of work. The village priest, Father Antonio, becomes greatly upset by this campaign. Then Jessica meets and falls in love with Edmondo Raumo, a wealthy marchese who has been living the life of a recluse since he was crippled in wartime. He allows Jessica to believe, however, that he is a poor fisherman, and when she learns the truth, she is furious with him. In retaliation, she flirts with all the men in the village and encourages their attentions. Desperate, Father Antonio persuades Raumo, the owner of Jessica's cottage, to give her notice to move. While the irate girl is packing, she is summoned to the bedside of Old Crupi, the gardener who has worked to bring Jessica and Raumo together, and who is now dying. The two are deeply affected by Old Crupi's death and the storm that follows. Raumo apologizes and asks Jessica to marry him.

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