Il signor Max

Il Signor Max is a 1937 Italian "white-telephone" comedy film directed by Mario Camerini.

Il Signor Max
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMario Camerini
Produced byC.O. Barbieri
Written byAmleto Palermi (story)
Mario Camerini (screenplay)
StarringVittorio De Sica
Music byRenzo Rossellini
CinematographyAnchise Brizzi
Edited byMario Camerini
Giovanna Del Bosco
Distributed byEnte Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche
Release date
  • 1937 (1937) (Italy)
  • 5 October 1939 (1939-10-05) (U.S.)
Running time
84 minutes


Gianni is a poor, young newspaper salesman in Rome. However, during his vacations he poses as Count Max Varaldo, an aristocrat. Once, on a cruise in Naples, he meets Donna Paola, a wealthy snob, and her maid Lauretta (a common, shy girl). After trying to establish a relationship with Donna Paola, Gianni, disappointed, decides to drop his alter ego Max and propose to Lauretta, but she now believes that he is actually a Count. A series of humorous misunderstandings will happen before things get cleared.


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