Mario Mattoli – Totò al giro d’Italia AKA Totò does the Giro d’Italia (1948)


Plot: Totò plays an esteemed professor with no interest in sport who wants to marry a sexy blonde. She mockingly says that she will agree to this if he manages to win the Giro d’Italia.
When Totò says that he would sell his soul to the devil to achieve this, a gentleman in a cape pops up from a puff of smoke… Continue reading

Mario Mattoli – Un turco napoletano AKA Neapolitan Turk [+Extras] (1953)

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Based on a stage play by Eduardo Scarpetta, Il Turco Napoletano is retooled into a vehicle for Italian comedian Toto. The star plays a girl-happy dolt who assumes the identity of a missing Turkish gentleman. With stolen identification papers, the oafish impostor enters the home of a wealthy man who’d hired the Turk to protect his wife and daughter. What our hero doesn’t know–but everybody else does–is that the real Turk is a eunuch. To avoid the scissors of the censors, Il Turco Napoletano is presented as a play-within-a-play, so it isn’t really happening after all. The film was lensed by Oscar-winning Hollywood cinematographer Karl Struss. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Continue reading