Taglines

  • You'll Never See a Movie With More Carefee Fun and Happy Living!
  • You'll want to be there when the fun starts!

Trivia

  • Although Clark Gable and Sophia Loren did not get along during filming, he did help smuggle Carlo Ponti onto the island to celebrate her 25th birthday.
  • At one point Sophia Loren accused director Melville Shavelson of filming her from her less attractive side in order to favor co-star Clark Gable. She added, "He doesn't have to worry about his career any more, but I have to worry about mine." Gable immediately exploded, "What the hell is she talking about? Both sides of my face are lousy and my backside isn't much better." Relations between the two stars did not improve after that.
  • Sophia Loren does her own singing.
  • The film was shot in and around Naples and Sophia Loren had to sneak into the country to make the movie, because the Italian government was investigating her Mexican "marriage" to Carlo Ponti, who was still legally married to another woman.
  • Clark Gable had already had two heart attacks, but continued to smoke 80 cigarettes a day.
  • Clark Gable became addicted to Italian food while making the film, and his weight ballooned to 230 lbs. He is clearly a lot heavier in some scenes than in others.
  • A much younger and slimmer double stood in for Clark Gable in the brief nude scene, which was only seen in silhouette.
  • The plot was devised for a British film project, intended to star Gracie Fields (a well-known real-life Capri resident). When financing could not be raised, the storyline was sold to Paramount, and then elaborately re-written so that the Fields character became an American man, played by Clark Gable.
  • This was the last movie Clark Gable made that was released during his lifetime. The 33-year age difference between him and Sophia Loren was blamed for the film's poor performance. There was in fact some surprise that he had accepted the part, since at a press conference while filming But Not for Me (1959) he had announced that he was no longer going to play romantic leads.
  • Just before the courtroom scene, Lucia dramatically and tearfully denounces Mike's and his lawyer's attempts to trick her and steal the boy, to which Gable's character remarks sarcastically, "I forgot, who won the Academy Award this year?" In fact, Sophia would become the first foreign actress to win an Oscar (Best Actress) for a foreign-language film, Two Women (1960, It.) the following year.
  • Sophia Loren received top-billing over Clark Gable during its European engagements.

Goofs

  • Character error: Mike and Lucia order up stiff drinks for each other at the bar. Mike orders a bourbon drink for Lucia and she orders a Campari based drink for Mike. However when each of them grabs the bottle of liquor to top off the others drink the bottles are switched. Mike's gets topped off with Burbon and Lucia's with Campari.