R | | Comedy, Romance
A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.
Billy Wilder cast several non-professionals in supporting roles. Guidarino Guidi was a Rome actor's agent who called Wilder about getting jobs on the film for various clients and was instead cast as the maitre d' of the Excelsior Hotel; Raffaele Mottola was hired as the film's dialogue coach... ...
For instance, you need a coffin lined with some sort of metal.
Wendell Armbruster: Zinc.
Wendell Armbruster: Better get a couple of those.
Carlo Carlucci: I had trouble finding one!
Wendell Armbruster: Come on. You can dig up a couple of coffins.
Carlo Carlucci: You want second-hand coffins?
Early in the film when Carlo Carlucci gets out of the hotel van to greet Wendell Armbruster Jr at the boat landing, a young boy walking with a women enters the scene from the right side and he is clearly waving at the camera.
$3,300,000 (USA) (31 December 1973)
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