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When in Rome (1952)

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

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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Budget:

$1,313,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was a flop at the box office for MGM, resulting in a loss of $918,000 ($8.4M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Hymn 'Panis Angelicus'
by César Franck
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charming, delightful, touching
30 March 2017 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I was drawn to the film by TCM's summary and by the presence of two estimable actors. Van Johnson and Paul Douglas never quite made Hollywood's A-list but for my money they are two very accomplished practitioners of the thespian art.

Johnson, as Father Halloran, shares a ship cabin with Joe Brewster (Douglas) who, unbeknownst to Halloran, is on the lam from San Quentin. Halloran is on his way to Rome for Holy Year, and his and Brewster's paths become intertwined.

The movie seems to want to be a lighthearted comedy but in the end becomes quite touching, as Halloran becomes Brewster's confessor. The script is excellent and the action moves along well.

In addition the movie is a wonderful travelogue of pre-Vatican II Rome, in stunning black and white.

Be sure not to miss this overlooked little gem.


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