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Arrivederci, Baby! (1966)

Drop Dead Darling (original title)
Unrated | | Comedy, Crime | 12 February 1967 (UK)
Nick tries to kill his wife to get her money, but when learning of this, she plans the same for him!

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Richard Deeming (novel), Ronald Harwood | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Nick Johnson
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Francesca di Rienzi
Lionel Jeffries ... Parker
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Gigi
Nancy Kwan ... Baby
Fenella Fielding ... Fenella
Anna Quayle ... Aunt Miriam
Warren Mitchell ... Conte de Rienz / Maximillian
Mischa Auer ... Romeo
Noel Purcell ... Capt. Daniel O'Flannery
Alan Gifford ... American Brasshat
Joseph Fürst ... German Brasshat
Monti DeLyle Monti DeLyle ... Butler
Bernard Spear Bernard Spear ... French Inspector
Eileen Way Eileen Way ... Italian Dressmaker
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Storyline

Nick has married several times, but all his rich wives were "accidently" killed after some time. Now he's married a young Italian widow, but it is not so easy to get rid of her, especially when she learns of his plans and tries to turn the tables. Written by Michael Zink

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He's a _real_ ladykiller! See more »

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Comedy | Crime

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 February 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrivederci, Baby! See more »

Filming Locations:

Monte Carlo, Monaco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Fenella and Nick were riding together she was singing an English folk song called "Strawberry Fair". See more »

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References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

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Strawberry Fair
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Mildly amusing . . . but troubling
4 January 2018 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

Tony Curtis is Nick Johnson, a man who uses his irresistible charm to use women to his personal, financial gain. He goes through a string of women whose untimely deaths give Johnson more wealth than he could earn on his own (at least with the same, minimal effort). He meets his match in wealthy, young, beautiful, fabulously gorgeous widow Francesca di Rienzi (Rosanna Schiaffino). The problem is he actually finds himself falling in love with her.

My 5/10 rating should indicate that I found Arrivederci, Baby! mildly amusing. I wasn't rolling in the floor laughing, but most of the movie is at least passable entertainment at its worst. The final act where Curtis and Schiaffino go toe-to-toe is the film's highlight. They're on equal footing. With most of the other women, Curtis has the upper-hand before they realize they're being had. It's not fair. I think my favorite bits might have been either the croquet match or dance floor fight scenes - really good stuff. Other than the creepy bits where Curtis tries to play a "boy", he's good. I didn't care for the instances where he breaks the fourth wall, but that's not his fault. Schiaffino is in fine form. What a woman! After I watched her in The Witch, I wrote, "I don't know where these Italian producers found these incredible women. It's not a stretch of the imagination to believe Schiaffino could force any man to fall for her." I could say exactly the same after watching this film.

I've already mentioned my problem with Curtis as a "boy", but I had other issues with his NIck Johnson. I get the feeling that Arrivederci, Baby! was meant to be a light-hearted romp. But there's a really dark undercurrent that I found troubling. Johnson isn't just a typical, loveable con-artist stealing money from rich women. He's also a murderer and a rapist. Not the characteristics you find in most rom-coms.

A couple of final points: 1. The European locations are to die for in this movie. And here, they're presented in all their 60s glory. What visions! 2. The supporting cast is especially strong. Lionel Jeffries, Zsa Zsa Gabor (yes, even Zsa Zsa), Nancy Kwan, and especially Anna Quayle add a lot of flavor and variety to the film.


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