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Village of Daughters (1962)

Approved | | Comedy | 28 January 1963 (Sweden)
Herbert Harris is a traveling salesman who makes his way into a remote Italian village to sell his wares. There, he finds many single and attractive women who all pursue him madly. He ... See full summary »

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George Pollock

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David Pursall (original story), Jack Seddon (original story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Sykes ... Herbert Harris
Scilla Gabel ... Angelina Vimercati
John Le Mesurier ... Don Calogere
Grégoire Aslan ... Gastoni (as Gregoire Aslan)
Warren Mitchell ... Puccelli
Anthony Morton Anthony Morton ... Spartaco
Eric Pohlmann ... Marcio
Edwin Richfield ... Balbino
Bernard Goldman Bernard Goldman ... Passoti
Yvonne Romain ... Annunziata Gastoni
Jill Carson Jill Carson ... Lucia Puccelli
Talitha Pol Talitha Pol ... Gioia Spartaco
Bettine Le Beau Bettine Le Beau ... Alisa Marcio
Dalia Penn Dalia Penn ... Sophia Balbino
Carol White ... Natasha Passoti
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Storyline

Herbert Harris is a traveling salesman who makes his way into a remote Italian village to sell his wares. There, he finds many single and attractive women who all pursue him madly. He quickly learns that the village has all but one single man left, as the majority have left to find work.

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian | French

Release Date:

28 January 1963 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

El pueblo de las casaderas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was part of a double-bill with "Ride The High Country", the second film directed by Sam Peckinpah. See more »

Goofs

At (around 0h 17min) the mayor urges his wife to disperse the crowd, saying "Via, via." Unless he means "Street, street" he should have said "Vai, vai" which is Italian for "Go, go." See more »

Soundtracks

Village of Daughters
Music by Ron Goodwin
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Performed by Eric Sykes and chorus
[Played over the end credits]
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Pleasant Ealing-style comedy filmed in Sicily
15 December 2006 | by vandino1See all my reviews

This fairly enjoyable little comedy was part of a batch of British films made by MGM-Elstree studios in England, some of which made it to the United States and some, like this one, that did not. The Director/producer/writers involved here were the same group that made the highly successful Agatha Christie adaptation 'Murder She Said' with Margaret Rutherford the year previously (1961).

As for this film, it has an Ealing Studio flavor to a degree, but is unlike most other British comedies of the period because it keeps itself stationed in Sicily throughout (the exception being the opening montage in London). Eric Sykes plays the low-rent English salesman who takes a trip to Sicily and ends up getting mixed up in a virtual contest to pick the bride of an expatriate member of an old family of the area who is coming back to marry and willing to lay down some nice money for the family of the bride. Veteran English comic actor John LeMesurier plays the local priest (the Don) who convinces the local patriarchs to let the first stranger who comes to town be the one who decides which of their daughters is chosen. Enter Sykes. But not only does Sykes have to contend with the conniving local families, he also ends up getting mixed up with the town firebrand Scilla Gabel. Then there is the classic Sicilian vendetta obsession that rears up toward the finish, putting Sykes in further hot water. It's all good-natured fun, not particularly clever, but glides along smoothly. Certainly the feminine pulchritude on display is impressive---virtually a satire of buxom Italian peasant girls that populated that country's films throughout the fifties. Gabel and Yvonne Romain are the two main females on display and they are an undeniable eyeful. This film is no great shakes, and not comparable to the Rutherford-Agatha Christie movies the filmmakers were involved in, but it breezes by with its light charm.


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