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Rome Adventure (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 21 April 1962 (USA)
Prudence resigns from her teaching position after being criticized for giving a student her copy of a romance novel. She sails for Italy, takes a job at a small bookstore in Rome, and meets... See full summary »


Delmer Daves


Irving Fineman (based upon the novel by), Delmer Daves (written for the screen by)

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Complete credited cast:
Troy Donahue ... Don Porter
Suzanne Pleshette ... Prudence Bell
Rossano Brazzi ... Roberto Orlandi
Angie Dickinson ... Lyda Kent
Hampton Fancher ... Albert Stillwell
Constance Ford ... Daisy Bronson
Al Hirt ... Al Hirt
Iphigenie Castiglioni Iphigenie Castiglioni ... Contessa
Chad Everett ... Young Man
Gertrude Flynn ... Mrs. Riggs
Pamela Austin ... Agnes Hutton
Lili Valenty Lili Valenty ... Angelina
Mary Patton Mary Patton ... Mrs. Helen Bell
Maurice Wells Maurice Wells ... Mr. Bell


Prudence resigns from her teaching position after being criticized for giving a student her copy of a romance novel. She sails for Italy, takes a job at a small bookstore in Rome, and meets Don, who has just broken up with his girlfriend. Prudence and Don tour Italy together, and romance naturally follows. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Drama | Romance


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English | Italian

Release Date:

21 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovers Must Learn See more »

Filming Locations:

Roma, Lazio, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Emilio Pericoli, who sings the film's signature song, "Al Di La" in the nightclub, is also a passenger on the bus tour of Italy with Don and Prudence. Although it is a background event, you can see and hear them saying goodbye to him when the tour ends. See more »


When Al Hirt says to his girlfriend "Come on, Miss Hot Lips of 1962" his mouth appears to say "1961". An understandable change from the year of filming to the year of release. See more »


Lyda Kent: I simply want Bentley to think I'm a tramp - and go home.
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References The Wild One (1953) See more »


Al di là
Music by Mogol
Lyrics by Carlo Donida
Performed by Emilio Pericoli
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Why not "Lovers Must Learn" instead of (yawn!) "Rome Adventure"?
30 April 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

Never understood why this nondescript title was used for the American release of this piece of prime Delmer Daves eye candy. Certainly "Lovers Must Learn" says it all when it comes to the unrelenting emphasis on relatively discreet sex and romance-novel plotting that were the prime ingredients of this exercise in audience titillation, before the so-called Sexual Revolution of the late Sixties upended everyone's estimation of what could be shown on the big screen.

Delmer Daves was a master at getting the maximum out of his casts, both the talented and the merely decorative. I recall being highly entertained by Constance Ford's witty embodiment of an American shopowner, enjoying her European exile far from the shores of her prudish native land (and so much more sympathetic than that harridan she had to play in Daves' "A Summer Place," unforgettably chewing the proverbial scenery as she terrorized poor Sandra Dee and unrelentingly driving a stolid Richard Egan into the willing arms of Miss Dorothy McGuire!) And in this one I do recall thinking that Angie Dickinson had never been more lovingly photographed, more elegantly made up and coiffed, nor more expensively gowned, playing the spoiled temptress toying with the hapless (or do I mean, hopeless?) Troy Donahue. And let us not forget Suzanne Pleshette with her raven tresses, thoroughly modern good looks, and that throaty voice which fascinated many more, I'm sure, than just this besotted admirer. This kind of escapism, with very few exceptions, is a thing of the past, and I'm not too eager to agree that that's something about which we should have precious few regrets.

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