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When in Rome (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 10 July 1952 (Portugal)
An American fugitive flees to Rome and tries to elude capture by masquerading as a priest.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Robert Buckner (story), Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Father John X. Halligan
Paul Douglas ... Joe Brewster
Joseph Calleia ... Aggiunto Bodulli
Carlo Rizzo Carlo Rizzo ... Antonio Silesto
Tudor Owen ... Father McGinniss
Dino Nardi Dino Nardi ... Commissario Genoa
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Cabby with horse and buggy
Mario Siletti ... Luigi Lugacetti
Argentina Brunetti ... Mrs. Lugacetti
Mimi Aguglia ... Rosa
Emory Parnell ... Ship's Captain
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Mr. Cates
Alberto Lolli Alberto Lolli ... Father Segatini
Adriano Ambrogi Adriano Ambrogi ... Father Mariani
Amina Pirani Maggi Amina Pirani Maggi ... Dove
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An American fugitive flees to Rome and tries to elude capture by masquerading as a priest.

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You'll have a wonderful time!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1952 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Abenteuer in Rom See more »

Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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$1,313,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Douglas comments that St. Peter's is bigger than Yankee Stadium. In fact, the Yankee Stadium of 1952 could fit into just the central aisle of St. Peter's. See more »

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A large moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the wall behind Father John when he is in Bodulli's office asking for his help in getting a pardon for Joe. See more »

Quotes

Father John X. Halligan: Holiness often disappears with the daylight.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "1950 was a holy year. Three million pilgrims from every part of the world thronged to Rome, the Eternal City. Our story is about two men who journeyed to Rome that year. One was Father John X. Halligan, a young priest from Coaltown, Pennsylvania, whose mission was a holy one; the other was Joe Brewster, late of Sing Sing, San Quentin, Joliet, and Atlanta, whose mission was not so holy...

If our story has a moral, it's a simple one: God may move in mysterious ways, but He gets there just the same. " See more »

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Hymn 'Panis Angelicus'
by César Franck
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pretty good "good vs. evil " story
21 June 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

So fate puts two men together on an ocean voyage; Father Halligan, a man of the cloth with good intentions, and Joe Brewster, with less than an honorable past. Van Johnson was in his prime here, and could play just about anything. Paul Douglas is Brewster, and usually played the thug, due to his appearance. Brewster takes the priest's clothes and his identity, and makes a run for it when the boat docks in Roma. There are some funny lines… at dinner on the cruise, the passengers have a good sense of humor, and tell some clever jokes, but for the most part, it's a pretty serious suspense drama. Also some beautiful scenery of Rome, as we travel around. 1950 had actually been a holy year in the Catholic church, so Buckner, the writer, used that as a basis for the story. What better theme to include the battle of right and wrong than a story based on a priest? We hear over and over again how Father Halligan is trying to decide if he should turn in Brewster. Lots of jokes about safe-crackers and what it was like in Sing Sing. Pretty good story, if you buy in and go along for the ride. We see all the beautiful, old historic landmarks of Rome, and have an adventure along the way. Directed by Clarence Brown, who had directed so many Garbo films, and was nominated for SIX Oscars! Shows on Turner Classics now and then. Kind of a "feel good" story, but not real meaty.


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