Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell (1969)

111 mins | Comedy | 1969

Director:

Melvin Frank

Producer:

Melvin Frank

Cinematographer:

Gabor Pogany

Editor:

W. J. Butler

Production Designer:

Arrigo Equini

Production Company:

Connaught Productions
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Melvin Frank Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
SOUND
Sd ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Cont sketches
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell" by Aiken Morewood (publication undetermined).
SONGS
"Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell," words and music by Melvin Frank, Andrew Frank and Riz Ortolani, sung by Jimmy Roselli.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 12 February 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Connaught Productions
Copyright Date:
20 December 1968
Copyright Number:
LP36624
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Widescreen Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
111
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, a young Italian girl (Carla) "comforted" three members of the U. S. Army Air Force at her home in the village of San Forino. When she found herself pregnant shortly after their squadron was transferred, Carla wrote each of the three men a letter implying that he was the father. And each responded by promising to send her a monthly allotment check. To save face in her village, Carla made up an imaginary husband, named him Capt. Eddie Campbell after a can of American soup and then claimed he was killed in action. With the three monthly checks coming in regularly for the past 20 years, Carla has been able to live comfortably and send her daughter, Gia, to a fashionable Swiss boarding school. But now she learns that the three men--Phil Newman, Justin Young, and Walter Braddock--are bringing their wives and children to San Forino for a squadron reunion. Stunned by the realization that each man will expect to see his child, Carla's distress turns to panic when she discovers that her lover, Vittorio, has suggested to Gia that she return for the happy event and meet her father's Air Force buddies. When one and all descend on the village, Carla makes a gallant attempt to preserve everyone's illusions--but to no avail, for Gia and the three couples learn the truth about Mrs. Campbell and her "dead" husband. Once their anger has subsided, however, the men and their wives share a paternal concern when the heartbroken girl runs off to join a married man on a trip to Brazil. Racing after the fleeing girl, they bring her back to San Forino for the dedication ... +


During World War II, a young Italian girl (Carla) "comforted" three members of the U. S. Army Air Force at her home in the village of San Forino. When she found herself pregnant shortly after their squadron was transferred, Carla wrote each of the three men a letter implying that he was the father. And each responded by promising to send her a monthly allotment check. To save face in her village, Carla made up an imaginary husband, named him Capt. Eddie Campbell after a can of American soup and then claimed he was killed in action. With the three monthly checks coming in regularly for the past 20 years, Carla has been able to live comfortably and send her daughter, Gia, to a fashionable Swiss boarding school. But now she learns that the three men--Phil Newman, Justin Young, and Walter Braddock--are bringing their wives and children to San Forino for a squadron reunion. Stunned by the realization that each man will expect to see his child, Carla's distress turns to panic when she discovers that her lover, Vittorio, has suggested to Gia that she return for the happy event and meet her father's Air Force buddies. When one and all descend on the village, Carla makes a gallant attempt to preserve everyone's illusions--but to no avail, for Gia and the three couples learn the truth about Mrs. Campbell and her "dead" husband. Once their anger has subsided, however, the men and their wives share a paternal concern when the heartbroken girl runs off to join a married man on a trip to Brazil. Racing after the fleeing girl, they bring her back to San Forino for the dedication of the chapel the squadron is presenting to the village. At the ceremony, Carla tries to confess the truth, but she is stopped by the Americans, who have united to preserve the name of "Captain Campbell" and his courageous "wife." +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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